Q&A: The ABCs of T1D

Question: I am a parent with type 1 diabetes. My children are now ages seven and two, and they are asking questions about it. How do I explain to them what type 1 diabetes is in a way that will help them understand and not be scared? Answer: I have been in this exact same […]

Q & A: When a School Nurse Is Needed

Question My son, who is four years old and has type 1 diabetes, has just started prekindergarten. We’ve had some issues with the school nurse. Because she is responsible for two different schools, she cannot be at our son’s school all day, and therefore cannot provide adequate care. What are our rights regarding medical care […]

All the Right Moves: Support for a military child with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes

All the Right Moves: Support for a military child with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes

My nine-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) five days ago. We are a military family currently stationed in South Korea. We are with very few English resources in the area. It looks like we will get an emergency move to our next duty station in El Paso, TX, in a couple of weeks. How do we find quality care in a foreign country, manage an international move with a child with T1D, and find quality care to deal with a new diagnosis?

Retinopathy Basics Q&A: What You Need to Know

Q: What is diabetic retinopathy? A: Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults. Diabetic retinopathy is a progressive disease that destroys small blood vessels in the retina, eventually causing vision problems. In its most advanced form–proliferative retinopathy–it can cause blindness. According to the National […]

Driving and Type 1 Diabetes

As you’ve probably heard, having good blood sugar control is extremely important when it comes to driving. You should always check your blood sugar levels before getting behind the wheel and carry extra snacks and supplies in your car (glucose tablets, juice, crackers, glucose meters, insulin, etc.). Many diabetes educators say that driving with a […]

Managing Type 1 Diabetes as a Teen

Many teens struggle with achieving good type 1 diabetes management as they gain independence and responsibility for their own health. One teen dealing with this issue wrote to the Online Diabetes Support Team and received the following response. Q: I have diabetes for about 7 years now and am still finding it difficult to adjust. […]