Laura Nance, Registered Dietician/Certified Diabetes Educator at MUSC, discusses more about proper nutrition for children with diabetes.
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Diabetes and Adolescents: Nutrition Laura Nance: I find it a little bit difficult for teenagers to adjust there diet. What is happening at teenage age is someone is driving and kids go out to eat after school. They will have a little bit more freedom at lunch time as school and that makes a little bit more difficult because all are under dealing with this disease in front of there peers. And it just as a little bit more difficult, a little bit more challenging with them. Diabetes and Adolescents: Advice Laura Nance: As far as dealing with it to adolescent kind of more rebellious time, we try to suggest that there are implications of not being under good diabetes control later on in life. I’ve used the analogy all the time; it’s like a new car. If you got a new car now and you know that that’s your car for the rest of your life you take care of it. It’s the same kind of thing about diabetes; this is your only body’s they actually need to take care of it now. Even though you are not going to see some of the negative or adverse outcomes, now it’s possible you will see them later on in life if you don’t have good control at this point. When dealing with teenagers, if you can get them in group settings it seems to help a little bit we a support group here at MUSC and children come to mother and to that support group. We try to do group or classroom settings so that they can bounce ideas of each other. We also have a diabetes camp in South Carolina and that’s the great way for children with diabetes and say hey there is a 150 more kids here and we are dealing with the same issue on the day to day basis so group type settings getting a peers involve is a good way to deal with diabetes.