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Can My Children Catch Diabetes From Her School Friends Party
No.: No. Diabetes is not an infectious or contagious illness. There are two main types of diabetes mellitus: type 1 and type 2. In type 1, the body's immune system attacks & damages its own cells in the pancreas that make a hormone called insulin, which controls blood sugar. Type 2 is a disorder of Insulin resistance & has a high genetic predisposition. Neither is spread directly from person to person. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more
Probably: That would be regulated by each state. In wisconsin they are required to accommodate the needs of children with diabetes. I would imagine in most states the same would be true. You would have to contact the state you live in to find out for sure. Do not rely on what the school tells you. Find out from higher up! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The truth: Our teenage patients are sometimes embarrassed or reluctant to discuss diabetes with their peers. It is so much easier and better for the teens when they're open about it. Friends can be the best support available. Because friends care, they might help you remember to test and take insulin. They get good at recognizing lows. No one has complained about their friends "getting in their face" to me. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Summer camps: I am not aware of any boarding schools set up to care exclusively for diabetic children. However, there are many great summer camps for diabetic kids that give them a chance to meet other children their age with diabetes. This is a great help to build their self confidence, improve their diabetic control and diet with strenuous activity and meet new friends so they know they are not alone. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diabetes: There may be a rule, and you should check on that. But common sense would dictate that a teacher should know about anything that would affect one of the students. A hypoglycemic reaction could be mistaken for a lot of other things, like being drunk or on drugs. Medic alert bracelets help. ...Read more
Are you a child: Or an adult? Are you type i or type ii diabetic. Is this a day trip or a many day trip? Are you able to do your own injections or take your own medications? If you can supply this information ; re-ask we can do a better job of answering. ...Read more
I eat a lot of food and i workout.Everyday i eat two boxes of bars & lunch and a sandwich @ school. Any healthy alternatives? Worried about diabetes
Can the occasional missed night of sleep cause future problems like diabetes? I'm in high school and occasionally go without a night.Is this permanent
Can be a bad habit: Majority of doctors missed more than an occasional night of sleep during their training, as they had no choice. All humans need their daily sleep to be able to function optimally. Sufficient sleep is an integral part of memory formation, very crucial in a high school student. Its so important it changed rules governing medical training & current doctors in training get at least 2 to 3 nightly rems. ...Read more
Learn warning signs:: Diabetes-"out of it", jittery, inattentive, unsteady, shaky hands - can mean hypoglycemia (an emergency); running to the bathroom a lot - possibly out of control diabetes. Rapid breathing, fruity smell - possible DKA (an emergency). Asthma - out of breath, gasping - possible emergency. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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