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From New York, New York, USA:

My nephew was recently diagnosed diabetic. He's 14 years old and his mother and family are afraid for him because being that age and in school, he eats pizza, candy, etc., when he is out of the house. The consequence is his blood sugar is unregulated, and this past few weeks it's been running on the low range. His mom is giving him up to 40 units in the a.m. and 20-30 units at night. The kid needs some teaching and support and I was hoping you could direct us in some way. They live on a fixed income and it's been difficult to say the least for his family. Any advice or direction you could give us would be appreciated. We are a Hispanic family with the disease prevalent on his father's side.

Answer:

In New York City there are many good diabetes education programs and endocrinologists. Talk to your nephew and check if he is receiving care from such a program. Make sure he goes regularly for follow-up visits, and to call his diabetes team if his blood sugars are out of range. As part of his care, he would meet with a Registered Dietitian knowledgeable in the care of teenagers with diabetes. Snack foods that you mentioned are okay for people with diabetes. It is important to pay attention to the timing and amounts of foods, and to adjust food and insulin based on patterns.

The teenage years can be tough for people with diabetes, and a caring and knowledgeable heath care team are invaluable.

LM

Original posting 26 Mar 1998
Posted to Social Issues: Community Resources

  
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