As soon as the initial panic of finding out your child has Type 1 diabetes wears off, the reality of monitoring blood sugar, counting carbohydrates and learning to give shots sets in.
But, with patience and perseverance, you can help your child live an active, healthy and productive life.
Type 1 diabetes is sometimes called juvenile diabetes because it usually is diagnosed in children and young adults. There is no cure. In Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin, which the body needs to move glucose from the blood into the cells. Glucose is a sugar the body makes from sugars and starches in food. Treatment for Type 1 diabetes entails taking insulin through injections or an insulin pump for life.