Legal Issues, Parenting

Free and Appropriate Education: Your child’s civil rights and diabetes

Your child with diabetes has a right to a free public education. No public school in the United States can legally refuse to educate a child with diabetes – nor can they legally require a parent to come to school to provide diabetes care. Federal and state laws protect your child’s rights in public schools… Read More Free and Appropriate Education: Your child’s civil rights and diabetes


Don’t Be Afraid … It’s Really Okay to Send Your Kid to Diabetes Camp

As a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, I know first hand how scary it is to trust your child … overnight … in some far off corner of the world (or so it seems when they go away for the first time) … in the hands of total strangers. That the total strangers come with medical degrees and years of experience with kids with diabetes does not matter, because no one knows my kid’s diabetes like I do. … Read More Don’t Be Afraid … It’s Really Okay to Send Your Kid to Diabetes Camp

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Type 2 Diabetes

Information About Type 2 Diabetes What is Type 2 Diabetes? Type 2 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is when the body attacks and destroys good cells and tissues mistaking them as foreign intruders. With type 2 diabetes the insulin-producing beta-cells in the pancreas either do not make enough insulin, or, the person… Read More Type 2 Diabetes

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Type 1 Diabetes

Information About Type 1 Diabetes What is Type 1 Diabetes? There is more than one form of type 1 diabetes and each can develop for different reasons. Type 1 diabetes can result from hereditary deficiencies in the beta-cells of the pancreas (maturity onset diabetes of the young, or MODY), damage to the pancreas from trauma… Read More Type 1 Diabetes


Tips for Traveling With Insulin

The following tips can help you take your insulin with you when you travel and avoid unnecessary delays and headaches. It is important to remember that even though your rights to travel with insulin and diabetes supplies and medications are protected under federal law, individual Transportation Safety Agents (TSAs) may not always be so easy to deal with. If someone gives you a hard time, don’t waste time educating them, call for a supervisor.… Read More Tips for Traveling With Insulin

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Hypoglycemia – Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar

SYMPTOMS OF LOW BLOOD GLUCOSE (Hypoglycemia) Mild Hypoglycemia Increased or sudden hunger Feeling shaky, dizzy or nervous Pounding heartbeat Drowsiness, feeling tired Sweating (cold and clammy) Numbness/tingling around mouth Headache or stomachache Moderate Hypoglycemia Any mild symptoms above, plus: Personality change Irritability Confusion and/or difficulty concentrating Slurred or slow speech Poor coordination Severe Hypoglycemia CALL 911… Read More Hypoglycemia – Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar

DKA & Ketones

Urine Ketones 101

If your blood sugar is too high, or has been ever moderately high for more than a day, you could be producing ketones. Ketones are a sign that your body is having a hard time and your diabetes is not under control. You may need to help of a medical professional to help you avoid — or get safely out of a potential deadly state called “diabetic ketoacidosis” (DKA). … Read More Urine Ketones 101