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Hi, my name is Jackson and I'm going to tell you a few things about myself. I was diagnosed with type one diabetes six years ago on October 2, 2006. I was six at that time but am 13 now. I live in the amazing state of Alabama with my mom and my brother. I also live with my dad, step-mom, and step-sister. I play football for my middle school. I play on the offensive/defensive line. I'm in Gifted Literature which is a class for over-achievers. I am 5'8, 150 pounds and am a 8th grader.

Now, lets get to the important stuff, shall we? So, like I said, I was diagnosed at age six in 2006. I am 13 now. Before I was diagnosed I got really sick. I was using the restroom a lot and drinking so much water. I slept all the time, was sent home from school a lot. Turns out, I had diabetes in my system for a while. But one thing triggered it, and that was an asthma attack. After that asthma attack I started showing all the symptoms. My mom took me to my pediatrician to get me checked out. My mom suggested that my blood sugar was low because diabetes comes from both sides of our family. Instead, it was over 500. We rushed over to the hospital immediately. I was in there for 11 days. My highest sugar during that period was over 800.

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CWD Conferences and Events
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Reports from recent CWD conferences & events:
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CWD presents It's Not Just a Numbers Game: Parenting the Child with Type 1 Diabetes with Joe Solowiejczyk.

A Comparative Effectiveness Analysis of Three Continuous Glucose Monitors: The Navigator, G4 Platinum, and Enlite. Free full text available in HTML and PDF formats.

Increasing Incidence of Type 1 Diabetes in Youth - Twenty years of the Philadelphia Pediatric Diabetes Registry. See also Type 1 Diabetes in Urban Children Skyrockets.

In the absence of renal disease, 20 year mortality risk in type 1 diabetes is comparable to that of the general population: a report from the Pittsburgh Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications Study.

Effectiveness of Sensor-Augmented Insulin-Pump Therapy in Type 1 Diabetes. Free full text available in PDF format. See also Continuous Glucose Monitoring - Coming of Age, also available in PDF format.

Threshold-Based Insulin-Pump Interruption for Reduction of Hypoglycemia.

Suspended insulin infusion during overnight closed-loop glucose control in children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes.

Prolonged Nocturnal Hypoglycemia Is Common During 12 Months Of Continuous Glucose Monitoring In Children And Adults With Type 1 Diabetes.

Prevention of Nocturnal Hypoglycemia Using Predictive Alarm Algorithms and Insulin Pump Suspension.

Use of a real-time continuous glucose monitoring system in children and young adults on insulin pump therapy: patients' and caregivers' perception of benefit.

Nocturnal hypoglycaemias in type 1 diabetic patients: what can we learn with continuous glucose monitoring? See also Nocturnal hypoglycaemia in Type 1 diabetic patients, assessed with continuous glucose monitoring: frequency, duration and associations.

Defective Awakening Response to Nocturnal Hypoglycemia in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Free full text available in PDF format.

Awakening from Sleep and Hypoglycemia in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Free full text available in PDF format.

The Family Support Network now includes over 5,600 families from 50 states and 87 countries. If you're new to diabetes, the Family Support Network will help you connect with families near you or find a babysitter. If you haven't joined, please become part of the Family Support Network.

The Quilt for Life now has 751 panels.

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We offer diabetes care suggestions based on the current state-of-the-art in caring for type 1 diabetes.

Learn more about continuous glucose sensors and see Getting Started with Continuous Glucose Monitoring by Linda Mackowiak, MS, RN, CDE.

The "Un-Tethered" Regimen by Dr. Steve Edelman offers pump users an alternative strategy by combining a pump with Lantus.

Any child who was diagnosed in their first year of life should be screened for Kir6.2 Mutations. This mutation causes an extremely rare form of diabetes that can be treated with oral medication. To learn more, see Switching from Insulin to Oral Sulfonylureas in Patients with Diabetes Due to Kir6.2 Mutations. Families in the US should contact Dr. Louis Philipson at the University of Chicago. More information is available at www.diabetesgenes.org.

Learn about Type 2 and Double Diabetes in kids.


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Diabetes Humor
Living in Wisconsin, one really needs to make sure you have insulation in your house. I had some contractors come to give me an estimate of how much insulation I would need to have blown in. I asked the contractor, "So, how many bags of insulin will I need to make sure I have the proper amount of insulin in my house?" The contractor looked at me and said, "I think you mean insulation, not INSULIN."
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You know you're the parent of a child with diabetes when ...
... you realize people are staring at you in the cleaning aisle after you pick up a new product and exclaim to your family, "Hey, I bet this would get the blood off the bedroom wall!"
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Featured Book of the Week

[RECOMMENDED!] Type 1 Diabetes and Babysitting by Stacey Smith-Bradfield and Dayna Frei. Published by Science Horse Productions, 2013. Paperback, 72 pages. $15.00 ISBN 0615863450.

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After coming to terms with a child's diagnosis, parents are faced with many other challenges, including how to find and train a babysitter to take care of their child with diabetes. This is no easy task. In Type 1 Diabetes and Babysitting, authors Stacey Smith-Bradfield and Dayna Frei have prepared an easy-to-use guidebook to help parents teach their child's babysitter about the most important diabetes care tasks, including dealing with lows and highs, where to give injections, and what to take when outside the home, just to name a few. This is an excellent book for every parent who has a child young enough to need a babysitter, and for any teen who babysits kids with type 1 diabetes. Highly Recommended.

 
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Ask the Diabetes Team
Diagnosed at 11 months, should my son have testing for the Kir6.2 mutation? What type of insulin should he be getting? Should we consider a pump or stick with injections? How can I continue to breastfeed him? (17 Sep 2014)
-- Answers to over 19,350 questions
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Studies and Surveys
-- Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet is a group of studies looking at the prevention and early treatment of type 1 diabetes.

A clinical study for a new needle-free glucagon for treatment of severe hypoglycemia in children is being conducted at several centers in the US. If you are interested in learning more about this study, please visit clinicaltrials.gov.

The TrialNet Pathway to Prevention Study offers screening at no charge to relatives of people with type 1 diabetes. The screening can identify risk for type 1 diabetes years before symptoms appear. Those at increased risk may be able to join research studies testing ways to prevent the disease. Others can continue to be monitored for the earliest signs of type 1 diabetes, which can prevent serious symptoms. To find a TrialNet location, request a test kit, or learn more, visit DiabetesTrialNet.org.

Parents of Children and Teenagers Between Ages 8-16 with Type 1 Diabetes for at least six months are needed to Participate in a Study on the relationship between any parental stress in caring for a child with Type 1 Diabetes.

-- Other Studies



 
Poll

Current Poll

 

Which of the following is most important to you in a glucose meter?

 
 

Assume that the meter is accurate

 
   

Price of strips

 
   

Small sample size

 
   

Fast test time

 
   

Alternate site ability

 
   

Small meter size

 
   

Large display

 
   

Meter holds multiple strips (disk or drum)

 
   

No coding

 
   

Light on display and strip

 
   

Built in data analysis and display

 
   

Computer interface

 
   

Meter is my insulin pump controller

 
   

Other

 



Poll Results

 

Which of the following is most important to you in a glucose meter?

 
 

Assume that the meter is accurate

 
     

Price of strips

 
 

0%

     
     

Small sample size

 
 

0%

     
     

Fast test time

 
 

0%

     
     

Alternate site ability

 
 

0%

     
     

Small meter size

 
 

0%

     
     

Large display

 
 

0%

     
     

Meter holds multiple strips (disk or drum)

 
 

0%

     
     

No coding

 
 

0%

     
     

Light on display and strip

 
 

0%

     
     

Built in data analysis and display

 
 

0%

     
     

Computer interface

 
 

0%

     
     

Meter is my insulin pump controller

 
 

100%

 

 
     

Other

 
 

0%

     
-- View Results & More Polls

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Recommended Books

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Living with diabetes
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