Diabetes At School

If you are a parent of a small child with diabetes, you are very familiar with the constant worry associated with the daily care good diabetes management requires. Having a child with diabetes means having to worry about how the blood sugars are doing, or even if glucose levels are actually being checked, among other things. When parents are faced with the diagnosis of diabetes in their child, a barrage of concerns flood their mind. While they question their own ability to provide the necessary care to their children when they are in the safety of their own home, but now they must rely upon school nurses and staff to take over while the child is in school. It is imperative that the child have the necessary resources for good diabetes care during school hours, and having a well prepared staff requires training in the management of diabetes to ensure that good care is delivered.

This training should include the basics of diabetes which includes what it is, and how to identify the typical emergencies commonly seen with the disease. At school it is the nurse who is in charge of the care of the children and it is his/her responsibility to ensure that others are trained to take over in those instances when a nurse is not available.    Thankfully the American Diabetes Association has implemented the Safe at School Campaign that is committed to making sure that all children with diabetes are safe from a medical aspect. For more information on the Safe at Scholl Campaign, visit their website at www.diabetes.org/safeatschool.  

 A good resource to utilize would be a Certified Diabetes Educator in your area who would be willing to come and teach the nurses and staff about diabetes and its management.  Keeping our children safe in all situations is important to everyone and parents should be able to relax when they send their children off to school each day knowing that the nurses and staff members providing care are well equipped to do so.

 

Helen A. Jenkins BSN, RN, CDE

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Have a piece of fresh fruit instead of fruit juice. Juice will raise the blood sugar much quicker than fruit. Learn more at www.steps-to-success.org #diabetes #diabetesawareness #type1 #type2 #lada #mody #bloodglucose #healthyliving #health #healthtips

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Never treat a low blood sugar with chocolate. The fat in the candy will slow down the process. Learn more at www.steps-to-success.com #chocolate #diabetes #diabetesawareness #diabetictip #type1 #type2 #lada #mody #goodhealth #health #healthyliving #candy #bloodsugar #Lowbloodsugar #bloodglucose

Having one sugary drink a day can raise type 2 diabetes risk by up to 22 percent!!! Stick to the sugarfree options and remember, nothing beats a glass of water :-) www.steps-to-success.org #goodhealth #diabetes #diabetesawareness #sugarfree #type2 #healthyliving #drinkwater #H2o #exercise #health #dietsoda #crystallight #bottledwater #water  #instapicmix #multiframe

Having one sugary drink a day can raise type 2 diabetes risk by up to 22 percent!!! Stick to the sugarfree options and remember, nothing beats a glass of water :-) www.steps-to-success.org #goodhealth #diabetes #diabetesawareness #sugarfree #type2 #healthyliving #drinkwater #H2o #exercise #health #dietsoda #crystallight #bottledwater #water #instapicmix #multiframe

Sleep And Diabetes

In a world where sleep deprivation is a common complaint especially due to the daily stressors of life such as family responsibilities, student life, and physiological changes that occur as we age such as menopause. Where getting 8 hours of sleep was considered to be the norm, these days the amount of time one spends sleeping is approximately 6 hours or more. It has been noted that getting too little or too much sleep can actually be very unhealthy and can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Let’s point out some of the important reasons why lack of sleep is not good for health.

1. Lack of sleep increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks.

2. Lack of sleep interrupts the body’s capability to produce insulin like it should.

3. Lack of sleep does not allow the body to function at its highest capacity, leaving you feeling tired and sluggish throughout the day.

4. Lack of sleep prevents you from being able to focus and concentrate on even the most basic things and can also decrease the amount of time you need to react in certain situations.

5. Lack of sleep also puts you at an increased risk of mood swings and increased irritability.

Understanding the various affects that lack of sleep can have on you and your body, should serve as a catalyst to getting a good night sleep. Listed below are a few suggestions that can help you to achieve a good night sleep.

1. Refrain from drinking anything with caffeine, or even alcohol too close to bedtime. Caffeine will keep you awake, and alcohol will prevent you from going into the deepest part of sleep.

2. Keep your room at a comfortable temperature (not too hot or cold). Remove blankets as needed, and if you need a little cool air than simply open the window a little to breathe in some fresh air.

3. Get some exercise earlier in the day but try not to exercise in the late evening too close to bedtime. Doing so will just keep you awake. Yoga is a good relaxing exercise to do before bed.

4. Do not eat any large meals before bedtime.

5. Refrain from any emotionally charged discussions before going to bed, since that will just keep your mind racing with that information.

6. Try meditating before going to sleep, it helps to slow the mind down and relaxes the body.

Hopefully these tips can help you achieve better sleep. However, if getting good sleep is a major issue, consult your Doctor and make sure there aren’t any health reasons for sleep deprivation.

Until next time :-) 

Helen A. Jenkins RN CDE

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Sex and Diabetes

Sex and Diabetes

Maintaining a healthy normal sex life with diabetes can occur, but will require discipline and dedication when trying to keep blood sugars under control.   Sex is a normal part of a relationship and should not take a back seat just because there is a diagnosis of diabetes.   However it is always good to have information that can help you to identify potential issues as it relates to sex, and to understand that there are ways in which to manage those issues or resolve the problems.    

Here are some ways in which diabetes may affect your sex life.  For instance, if you are depressed or simply are uncomfortable with the diagnosis of diabetes, and maybe being overweight, these can serve as barriers to a good healthy sex life because you may be focusing on how you see yourself and your perception of how others view you especially your partner.  You may feel as though they see you as not being sexual.  There is also the blame game you play with yourself, as well as the guilty feelings that often accompany any chronic disease that you are a burden to your loved ones and partner because you feel that you have forced this disease upon them.  Finally, stress levels may be elevated because of having to focus on the constant management of diabetes, the costs of supplies, and other various issues that are associated with the disease.  

Having to think about these things can cause your sex drive to decrease and must be addressed and corrected in order to get back to a normal healthy sex life.   It is important to note that talking to your partner about your feelings and concerns is one way to tackle the problem, along with speaking with your health care provider since they can put you in contact with someone that can assist you in this area, perhaps a counselor who specializes in relationships.  The point is to realize that having diabetes is not the beginning of the end and with good management and a healthy emotional outlook; anyone can live a long, healthy satisfying life.

Helen A. Jenkins RN, CDE

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Getting Back To Basics

Maintaining good diabetes management requires a good deal of dedication, discipline and patience. The day to day checking of blood sugar levels, counting carbs, treating highs and/or lows and even trying to squeeze in just a little bit of daily exercise can be a drag. However, while the redundancy of these essential tasks is tiresome, it is never an excuse for neglect or laziness. Let’s take a step back in time when the diagnosis of diabetes was new.  In the beginning once the shock wore off and you settled into the “new normal” what came next was the well thought out intention of practicing good diabetes management. It was during this time that you made sure to check your blood sugars like you were supposed to and even when you were not required too, you changed the lancet each time because that is what you were taught to do, you even gave up some of your favorite foods and made your portions smaller. You made sure that your supplies were neatly kept in the same place and you even had candy at the side of the bed for the times when your blood sugars were too low. You became the spokesperson for Diabetes and would tell your story to anyone who was patient enough to listen. Heck you were so good that those who were newly diagnosed often came to you for advice on what to expect and what to do, and you so freely and confidently gave that advice.  It was clear to everyone that managing your diabetes was a top priority. 

Now, 6 to 12 months later, It’s safe to say the novelty of the disease and its management has worn completely off, only to be replaced by disappointment, anger, frustration and just overall tiredness of having to deal with it day in and day out. While having these feelings are quite normal when dealing with any chronic disease, what often occurs with some individuals is laziness settles into the same place where eagerness and determination used to exist, supplies that were kept neatly in one specific area can now be seen scattered in various places, lancets that used to be changed with each glucose test are now repeatedly used over and over. No one asks about diabetes which is good, because frankly, you are sick and tired of talking about it. You just want it to go away.

Unfortunately, diabetes is not the jerk ex-boyfriend/girlfriend that you can just leave in your past. It is not the sister or brother who really pissed you off that you can simply hang up on and talk later, nor is it the person on facebook or twitter that you can unfriend or unfollow and they are gone forever. No my dear on the contrary, diabetes is the friend that never leaves, the sibling that will continue to do things to piss you off. It is here to stay(at least until a cure is found) and it is important that everyone takes the time to re-align their thinking with what is needed for good management and get back on track. Having to do the daily tasks is not fun, but becoming lazy is simply not an option. Don’t try to get back to the excitement you had when first started this unexpected journey. Instead, start right where you are and simply make an effort to do better each day. Remember, Implementing the smallest changes can really make a difference. If you know that using the same lancet over and over is not good(and typically causes more pain) then start changing it. If you know that you must check blood sugars consistently, then stop skipping. If you know going back to eating healthy is better for you overall, then start small by adding something healthy and new to your diet and cut back on something that isn’t very healthy. If you have lost that spark for exercise, then start small by simply walking around the house each day,  or if walking has become too boring then try something else like kickboxing, cycling etc. The key is to get up and move each day. Keep in mind that exercise is good for blood sugars. Now is NOT the time to start feeling sorry for yourself. It is time to take control of your health and that includes taking control of your diabetes. Look, everyone must make choices each day, and making health a priority is a good one. Remember diabetes is manageable and people do not have to die from this disease, but the responsibility rests with you. Your healthcare providers are here to help you as much as they can, but we do not go home with you each day, and it is not fair to blame the physicians, diabetes educators, and dietitians when things are not going as planned. Now if you feel that you are not being heard by anyone within your healthcare team, or you feel that your needs are simply not being met, then by all means it is time to file for divorce and seek  new courtship somewhere else. Remember, you are not MARRIED to your Doctor, CDE, Dietitian, etc. 

This year make better diabetes management a resolution :-) 

Helen A. Jenkins RN, CDE, Founder of Steps To Success, Diabetes Education & Management

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