The teen years may be the most difficult time for a young
diabetes and his or her parents. The normal cycle of
rapid growth spurts and periods of slow growth along with the normal teenager
behaviors of going to bed late, sleeping late, and eating meals at varying
times makes it hard to keep a teenager's blood sugar level consistently
within his or her target range.
Eating "fast foods" often also makes following a balanced diet
and weight management difficult for a teen.
Your teenager may be very mature and assume appropriate
responsibility for his or her diabetes care. If so, your job as a parent of
providing appropriate supervision will be relatively easy. On the other hand,
teenager rebellion is normal. Your teen who has diabetes may rebel by
lashing out at you for the ups and downs of the disease. Try to be empathetic, and imagine the feelings of fear, sadness, anger, and even guilt your teen may be feeling.
Your teenager with diabetes may rebel by:
These behaviors may lead to a serious problem with high blood sugar
Teenagers, especially girls, may try to control their weight by
going on fad diets, vomiting after meals, or eating very little food. Because
insulin can cause a person to gain weight, a teen also may skip doses in
an effort to lose weight. This can be dangerous and may lead to high or low
blood sugar emergencies or to an
You can do some things that may be helpful and may reduce your tendency to nag
Talk with a doctor if you have serious concerns about
your teenager who has diabetes.
July 19, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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