Tips to Help Manage Juvenile Diabetes

Traditionally, November is characterized by bright leaves, pumpkin pie, and giving thanks. However, for those who suffer from diabetes, the holiday season is also a time punctuated by juggling blood sugar levels and diabetes supplies.

November is National Diabetes Month, a time dedicated to spreading awareness about diabetes and increase understanding of the struggles of those with the disease.  Although many of us think of diabetes as an adult disease, it impacts roughly 193,000 people under the age of 201. This year, National Diabetes Month is specifically focused on helping care for young people with diabetes.

Whether you are a care provider, family member, or individual with the disease, the National Institute of Health (NIH) recommends creating a care plan to help manage juvenile diabetes. Healthy habits may improve your critical health numbers (like weight and blood sugar) and help manage diabetes2.

Monitor Blood Glucose Levels

  • Help your child or teen remember to regularly check blood glucose levels and take medication as prescribed by their doctor — even when they are feeling well.
  • Blood glucose levels can help you and your child or teen make healthy decisions about food or physical activity. 

Promote Healthy Habits

  • A healthy diet, exercise plan, and regular sleep schedule can help mitigate the impact of diabetes.3
  • Learn to anticipate how your child's blood sugar and body respond to different activities. This helps prevent blood sugar from becoming too low or too high.1
  • Children and teens with type 1 diabetes should also check their blood glucose levels before, during, or after physical activity.1

Pack an Emergency Kit

  • A basic "go-kit" could make the difference in an emergency situation.1
  • Include medical supplies, emergency contacts, a medication list that includes doses and dosing schedule, an allergy list, and non-perishable snacks or juices.
  • Face coverings, hand sanitizer, wipes, and gloves may also be useful during a pandemic. 1

Work with Your Doctors 

  • Find healthcare providers who you trust. They can give you advice on what is best for you and your child's health. 
  • Discuss any symptoms with your practitioner.

Ask for Support

  • Seek out support from mental health counselors or other caregivers. 
  • Encourage your child or teen to connect with other people with diabetes. This can help them feel less alone.
  • If your child or teen displays symptoms of anxietydepression, or other mental health issues, contact a mental health professional 

Syringes are an important tool for managing diabetes but have been harder to come by due to the shortage brought on by the COVID-19 global pandemic. As a vital link in the response to the virus, we work closely with our extensive network of distributors to help keep medical supply shelves stocked. As a way to help offset the shortage and support National Diabetes Month, Dynarex is launching a new line of SecureSafe Safety Pen Needles. Our Safety Pen Needles provide a safer option for insulin injections and prevent injuries during injection and disposal. For families and caregivers of children managing diabetes, this opportunity is just as impactful as a traditional Thanksgiving meal. We Care like Family™.