Children and Families with Diabetes

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This series of podcasts (May 2011) looks at a range of common problems facing children with diabetes and their parents and carers. There are a variety of practical problems that regularly crop up: how to cope with them will become second nature, as you become expert in your own diabetes, but at first, you may not know what to do, and when to ask for help. These podcasts are designed to help you bridge that gap.

We are grateful to Roche and Novo Nordisk for providing an educational grant and TWG e-Learning for producing the podcasts.

Dr Vipan Datta, Consultant Paediatrician

What is Diabetes?

What is Diabetes?
Gemma
The number of children and young people developing diabetes is increasing. No-one really knows
why but it seems to be something to do with our genes and environment.

Coping with Illness

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Gemma
When you’re ill the trick is to have a plan in place so you know what needs to be done including getting help when necessary.

Managing Hypos

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Mark
The symptons of a hypo can be very different in different people but tend to follow the same pattern for each person.

Why do Blood Tests?

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Gemma
Blood tests are like information read-outs about your body. The more information you collect the better you can manage your diabetes.

Insulin Adjustments

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Gemma
Managing your diabetes yourself is the key – adjusting your insulin to meet your needs on a day to day basis means that you’re in control.

Planning Holidays

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Mark
Planning a trouble-free holiday starts long before you pack your bags – it’s best to make sure you have more than enough supplies to take with you.

Leaving Home

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Mark
Leaving home may be exciting or daunting – either way there’s lots of things to think about…

Thinking about Pumps?

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Mark
A pump is only another way of giving insulin. You still need to tell the pump what your blood glucose is and how much you’re going to eat to get the right dose of insulin.


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