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10 June 2010

Tips for diabetic teens

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The teenage years bring change, new friends, new schools and more social events. For diabetic teens, it also brings more responsibility. These tips will help you cope.

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Get a doctor you trust and feel you can confide in; be honest with your healthcare team – you owe it to yourself and to those who are helping you; keep your self-esteem strong – don't link your general opinion of yourself to your ability to manage your blood-sugar levels; never be shy to ask questions – and if you don't understand something, ask your doctor to explain it again; tell one or two of your teachers – they need to know what the symptoms are of high and low blood glucose levels, in case they need to assist you if you appear shaky or confused; and find out as much as you can about diabetes – remember, knowledge is power.

Read more: Handy hints for all diabetics

 
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