Tips for diabetic teens

The teenage years bring change, new friends, new schools and more social events. For diabetic teens, it also brings more responsibility. These tips will help you cope.

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Get a doctor you trust and feel you can confide in; be honest with your healthcare team – you owe it to yourself and to those who are helping you; keep your self-esteem strong – don't link your general opinion of yourself to your ability to manage your blood-sugar levels; never be shy to ask questions – and if you don't understand something, ask your doctor to explain it again; tell one or two of your teachers – they need to know what the symptoms are of high and low blood glucose levels, in case they need to assist you if you appear shaky or confused; and find out as much as you can about diabetes – remember, knowledge is power.

Read more: Handy hints for all diabetics

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