What is adolescent diabetes?
Type I Diabetes
Type I Diabetes-Adolescent/Juvenile Diabetes
More than 13,000 children are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes yearly.
Type II Diabetes
Leaves some insulin-making cells in the pancreas but severely inhibits their effectiveness
Must be regulated with shots, pills, or other methods
Can be caused or made worse by inactivity or poor diet
Can cause heart disease, strokes, kidney failure, or even death (and more!) due to high blood sugar
Can be caused by genetic tendencies OR lifestyle
- Can result in poor circulation, which consequently can result in amputations
How do you know if you have adolescent diabetes?
Genes, viruses, and toxins make make children prone to get Type I diabetes. Signs to look for are thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, and hunger.
Type II diabetes affects children who are overweight, do not exercise, and make poor and unhealthy food choices. Sometimes, it is genetic. Type II may affect other racial groups more than others, such as African American, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Alaska Natives.
The impact of adolescent diabetes
Cognitively, Socio-emotional, and day-to-day functioning
Any type of diabetes will cause complications that interfere with school. Some students may have a schedule to take insulin through an insulin pump or shot. Students may get discouraged at first with their new accommodations in their lives, and it will be a hard adjustment with food choices, as well. Because of this, students may feel alone with their diagnoses, as it affects their day-to-day functioning, too.
How can you, as a teacher, help a student with adolescent diabetes?
Be conscious of test times
Allow food and beverages in your room
Keep kids moving during the day
Be flexible with schedules
- Allow for breaks
As a teacher, one must be aware of students' needs. If a student in your classroom has diabetes, keep these accommodations in mind. Flexibility with students is a key component in teaching! Students with disabilities such as diabetes may have doctors appointments throughout the school day, so being able to catch a student up on material is crucial. It is also important to be aware of testing times for these students. Kinesthetic activities, and allowing water and snacks will also greatly benefit students with diabetes.
Check out our Adolescent Diabetes Video!