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by Alisa Princy (2020-03-21)

Information was taken from StrictionD Reviews the Fourth Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007 to 2008. Six hundred and eighty adults 30 years of age or older were included in the study. Their diets were classified into four types: Check glucose levels Keep active Ask your health care team what type and how much activity is best for you. Activity will help you keep your glucose level in check and is a great way to lower stress. When a child is diagnosed with diabetes, the parents' natural response is to imagine the worse scenarios-insulin shots, limitations, and long term complications. It is OK to briefly consider those possible realities as long as you the parent and coach don't dwell in that valley. Imagine for a minute that you are coaching a youth baseball team, and you began your season with the focus, "Well, we can possibly lose all of our games this season and be plagued with injuries, making us the worst team in the league". It probably wouldn't encourage the team to do their best now would it? It is the same with parenting a child with diabetes. The Reality Life with diabetes is complicated. And the reality is that children with Type 1 and many with Type 2 diabetes have to take insulin, whether they are Pumpers or Shooters (via insulin pump or insulin injections). They also have to monitor their blood glucose and remain in touch with changes in their body. The Outlook A child who believes that diabetes management is not an obstacle, but a step necessary for success will flourish. One of the most important things that my parents provided for me is a positive outlook about my diabetes. In all that we did, they reinforced the fact that I could do anything that I wanted to do as long as I was willing to do the work. The Plan Successful diabetes management is not something that can be done haphazardly. It requires organization and consistency. Medication, diet and exercise should be planned in concert with the objective to maintain blood sugars within (or as close to) the normal range of 70-120.