Q&A

Diabetic Living - - Your Kids -

“My son is about to en­ter Year 12. How can I en­sure he stays well (and happy!) dur­ing this stress­ful year?”

Elissa says: En­cour­age­ment is the key with re­gards to a pos­i­tive out­look on his di­a­betes. Also im­por­tant is to be aware of di­a­betes burnout. Try not to nag. Ac­cept he may not test his BGLs as much as you’d like. Just be grate­ful he is test­ing when he does.

It helps to have healthy snacks pre­pared and ready to grab on the run – teenagers al­ways com­plain there’s noth­ing to eat even though the cup­board and fridge are full of food! Some­times they’re just too tired, stressed or lazy to pre­pare any­thing, let alone even think about what they want to eat.

You can also speak with school staff re­gard­ing ex­ams and man­ag­ing his di­a­betes. Stu­dents with di­a­betes qual­ify for special con­di­tions dur­ing ex­ams, such as ex­tra time to al­low for test­ing or treat­ment of hy­pos.

Elissa Re­nouf, owner of Di­a­bete-ezy and mum of four kids with type 1. Her range of con­ve­nient di­a­betes prod­ucts is avail­able at di­a­bete-ezy.com

Email your ques­tions to: di­a­bet­i­cliv­ing@paci­fic­mags.com.au

Post: Di­a­betic Liv­ing, Q&A: Health, GPO Box 7805, Syd­ney, NSW 2001.

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