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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.See 2 more doctor answers
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!See 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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Diabetes: I am wondering what you mean. Are you saying you have diabetes and are going on a school trip, or are you asking about getting diabetes while on a school trip? Please clarify your concerns and I will be pleased to help you.
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.
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.
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
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.See 2 more doctor answers
504 plan: The americans with disabilities act is a federal law which also protects children with diabetes in terms of appropriate management in public schools. Your child's diabetes team will be able to give you more information. This aspect of pediatric diabetes care is most frustrating when schools might be difficult. Hang in there.See 1 more doctor answer
5 year old sister started full time school, since than she lost weight& wet her bed 2 times this week. She doesnt have thirst. Is this diabetes?
Bed wetting: after not doing so can be a sign of stress, perhaps related to just starting school. Please get her checked out by your doctor and then, if it does not resolve, she can see a child psychologist. Peace and good health.
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.
Not contagious: Type i diabetes (dm) is not a contagious disease. There are genetic predispositions to acquiring dm, but even so, there are poorly understood environmental trigger(s) which need to be present to activate the immune system against insulin-making cells in such patients. As an example, if an identical twin develops dm, the other twin only has a 40% chance of also getting it.See 1 more doctor answer
Infancy: The youngest child in my practice with new onset diabetes was about 8 months old. She had recurrent yeast diaper rash and had elevated sugar levels in her urine and blood. Any child can be tested for diabetes with a urinalysis and a blood sugar level, so technically a newborn can be tested for diabetes. Diabetes is very uncommon in young infants.See 1 more doctor answer
Fairly low!: If you are a male with type 1 diabetes, your chances of having a child who will get type 1 diabetes is about 7%. If you are a female with type 1 diabetes, chances of having a child who will get diabetes is about 2% (a bit higher if you deliver before age 25). If both parents have type 1 diabetes, the risk is about 30%. About 50% of type 2 diabetic patients can name a family member with diabetes.
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