Juvenile diabetes (also known as type 1 diabetes), is a difficult condition to live with. It generally affects children and young adults. And unfortunately, there is no known cure. Insulin is the only known treatment that allows diabetic children to manage a relatively normal life. Even then, it's still a good idea to look into suggestions like these to help you or your children cope with juvenile diabetes, as it's something they'll live with for the rest of their lives.
Be diligent. When you're just newly-diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, it can be overwhelming to think of how often you need to check your blood sugar. But it's something you are just going to need to learn to be diligent about. You need to monitor your blood sugar throughout the day to prevent seizures, sickness and even death. Don't take this task lightly if you're living with juvenile diabetes.
Learn how to give shots correctly. When you are first diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, your doctor will likely give you a demonstration on how to give yourself your much-needed insulin shot. Pay close attention to the methods and techniques he shows you, as there are right and wrong ways to give yourself insulin shots. Ensure that you are giving yourself the recommended number of shots according to your personal needs, your lifestyle, and your doctor's recommendations.
You'll also learn to change the sites at which you give yourself your insulin shots. Doctors refer to this as "rotating sites" and it's absolutely necessary in order to get the insulin to your blood without permanently damaging any one (overused) injection site. Never inject your insulin in the same place twice on the same day.
You may need an insulin pump. If you are living with juvenile diabetes and you have bad circulation, you might want to look into an insulin pump. These are also great for people who have to give many insulin injections per day, as well as people who would prefer not to be so "tied down" to their injections. An insulin pump is something that those who live with juvenile diabetes wear all the time and it is programmable. It does offer the diabetic person a bit more freedom (by not having to remember to give shots at certain times throughout the day), but it still requires some responsibility. Discuss this option with your doctor to see if it is right for you.
Eat a proper diet. Diabetics have to watch their diets more than anyone - their health depends on it! Food and medication, along with physical activity, all affects one's insulin needs. So your consumption will be based on your own personal lifestyle. You'll need to alter and tweak your diet and exercise habits until you find your ideal plan. Being overweight isn't good for those living with juvenile diabetes either. So try to lose weight if you're overweight. This may have the added benefit of lowering your insulin needs and the amount of times you need to inject yourself each day. Exercise and a balanced diet are the best approach.
Prepare for the everyday. From day to day, there are a few other things to remember if you're a juvenile diabetic. You should always carry a snack with you in case you start to feel lightheaded or find that your sugar is dangerously low. Also tell your doctor about any long trips so that you can modify your insulin schedule if necessary. And wear a medic-alert bracelet so that in the event of an emergency, the right people will know that you live with juvenile diabetes.