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How can I help my child live a normal life with type I diabetes?

How can I help my child live a normal life with type I diabetes?

Love: Treat them as normal kids with unique needs. Find them a caring competent pediatrician and endocrinologist. Listen, assess, let them know your limits, let them figure out answers on their own for the most part, but always with appropriate limitations. Don't spoil them or let them develop an attitude of feeling entitled. Sound like good advice for any parent? It is. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

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


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Is it easy to live a normal life with type 1 diabetes?

Is it easy to live a normal life with type 1 diabetes?

Yes: If you comply with current medical care standards and take your Insulin regularly you may have a normal life. It is important that you remain educated about type 1 diabetes and understand that exercise and nutrition play an equally importeant roll in the management of your diabetes. ...Read more

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How can I help my child cope with type 1 diabetes?

How can I help my child cope with type 1 diabetes?

Depends: Every child faced with the diagnosis of diabetes responds differently. Younger children often cope well, adjusting to a new routine with repitition. Older children, especially teens, sometimes rebel. Be supportive and encouraging. Work with your child's endocrinologist on how you can be supportive. They often have wonderful age-appropriate resources to support your child, your family, and you! ...Read more

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Can someone with type 2 diabetes live a normal life span and be resonably healthy?

Can someone with type 2 diabetes live a normal life span and be resonably healthy?

If: You diet, exercise, lose weight, control risk factors, normalize glucose, get educated and good medical advice, take the proper medication, prevent complications == you can lead a totally normal life. ...Read more

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Type 1 diabetes and proteinuria is it ok to live a normal life with these two things? Im am so worried for my 13yrdaughter who recently was diagnosis w this

Type 1 diabetes and proteinuria is it ok to live a normal life with these two things? Im am so worried for my 13yrdaughter who recently was diagnosis w this

Prognostic finding: 40% of type 1 diabetics and 10% of type 2 diabetics go on to have renal dysfunction. The early marker for both is the presence of proteiinuria. The rate of decline, and importance of glucose control are still within your control. Your physician can advise on strategies to preserve renal function like acei inhibitors or a2rb's. ...Read more

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How do you teach a child about type 1 diabetes when he’s just been diagnosed?

How do you teach a child about type 1 diabetes when he’s just been diagnosed?

DM team instruction: Every kid i pick up with dm1 is sent to a center with certified diabetes educators and physicians to begin the families orientation to this life changing event. My closest centers are fort worth, dallas, temple or austin but one has a local clinic for regular followup visits. Small hospital facilities & regular physicians often don't have the time or current info to do a well rounded orientation. ...Read more

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If I had diabetes type 1 as a child, what are the chances my kid will have it too?

If I had diabetes type 1 as a child, what are the chances my kid will have it too?

Higher chances: If an immediate relative (parent, sibling, child) has type 1 diabetes (t1d), one's risk of developing t1d is 10 to 20 times the risk of the general population. The risk for a child of a parent with t1d is lower if it is the mother, rather than the father, who has diabetes. If one of the parents developed t1d before age 11, their child's risk of developing t1d is somewhat higher than these figures. ...Read more

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My husband has type 2 diabetes can he bear a child?

My husband has type 2 diabetes can he bear a child?

Yes and no: Men don't normally give birth to children (ha ha), but seriously, having type 2 diabetes should not reduce fertility from a male standpoint. Sometimes men with vascular disease can have e.D., but that is treatable otherwise. ...Read more