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Parents of Teens and Young Adults with Type 1


Parents of Teens and Young Adults with Type 1

Parents of Teens and Young Adults with Type 1

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Female hormones and insulin changes

Started by carb101. Last reply by seichel Jul 19, 2013. 5 Replies

My daughter is 10, and flirty on the edge of puberty. In the past 2 weeks, her breasts have been hurting, and her insulin has been insuffient. I've increased her basal, her insulin resistance factor,…Continue

Tags: changes, insulin, puberty, hormones, girls

Looking for an Endocrinologist that supports a Low Carb approach in the Chicagoland area

Started by kaitype1 Jun 21, 2013. 0 Replies

I have a Type 1 teen son in honeymoon on very little insulin.I let his Endo know right from the beginning that carb reduction reduced his insulin needs.I am looking for an Endo that is supportive and…Continue

Who Knows How to Read Blood Test Results?

Started by kaitype1 May 24, 2013. 0 Replies

Just got back a group of tests for my newly diagnosed Type 1 15 year old. Would love to have an RN or medical personnel who know what the test results mean in their ranges for test such as:Islet cell…Continue

How Do You Make the Teen "Own It"

Started by kaitype1. Last reply by kaitype1 Apr 27, 2013. 8 Replies

I have a newly diagnosed 15 year old son. He's been pretty good, but I dont want to be the helicopter mom. It's like teaching an old dog new tricks.Any ideas?Continue

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Comment by marcela on December 28, 2012 at 6:41pm
My 12 year old just started her period over the summer. I have noticed her blood sugar goes up a couple of days before. She has been over 200 a few times and had moderate ketons for a few days. Any suggestions or comments. Thanks!!
Comment by Cheryl on June 7, 2010 at 10:55am
You have beautiful music on your page!
I read your posts about your 18 year old daughter. They are heartbreaking. Is there any way you can find a 20 to 25 year old (T1) mentor for her through JDRF or some other diabetes support group near your home?
I read from some other posts on this site that some teens figure their days are numbered, expecting complications as inevitable not preventable, so why bother trying to manage diabetes when so many factors are beyond one's control.
You have a family history, of good people, being lost to diabetes complications, so it might not be too far off the mark that your daughter thinks her efforts will be a total a waste of time.
Maybe with the help of a mentor, you can get her on the right track, to the point that you can negotiate letting her move on to that college away from home that she seems to desire.
My heart is with you. I don't know what I would do if my 17 year son were lax about his diabetes care.
Comment by Reatha on June 7, 2010 at 8:07am
My daughter who is now 18 is not doing what she knows she needs to do in using and maintaining her insulin pump. She is very aggitated with me and I am almost in tears. I have been through three cicu visits with her and several late nights back to back getting her blood sugars under control. I know she is a young adult, but she is still living with my us.
Comment by JC on June 3, 2010 at 9:48pm
Hi !!! I told my 21 year old daughter about this and she was interested but in the middle of finals. I will send this to her this evening. Good Luck with your survey !!
Comment by dkent on May 31, 2010 at 10:14am
My survey response has been very positive. After sharing that with my research advisor she replied that "we need to increase the number of participants" I will still honor the gift card distribution at 150 but my new target is 200 to 300 participants. So if you or someone you know is between between 18-35 years with type 1 DM please send them this link
Thanks for your help and support.
Comment by dkent on May 12, 2010 at 5:07pm
I am a PhD student researching young adults with type I diabetes. I am looking for participants ages 18-35 to complete the following online survey.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating please use the link above. All participants will have a chance to win one of ten $50 gift certificates for as well as receive information on the study’s findings. Thank-you in advance for your help.
Comment by Reatha on March 5, 2010 at 10:20pm
Concerned mom--It seems like I am you. Johnesha has the pump. She does not do what she needs to do to correctly maintain it. she sneaks snacks and also will not come to this site to see all the helpful things that it has to offer. She too is a senior and we have been a part of the school life --since she was diagnosed. the counselor, nurse, principal, dance teacher and all those directly involved with her is aware. she has a shocking attitude about it all. We can be support for eachother in this area. I am worn out and just frazzled.
She wants to go off to college, but we wont allow it. she is not at all in control of her 300-400 level bs. The best thing we can do is learn as much about these situations as possible, ask questions and give our children the best guidance we can. We can't stop moving ahead, we are moms with children that need us-but want to be independent. As I said I am here for you as well as all the rest of the family on this blogg. We care.
Comment by concerned mom on March 5, 2010 at 2:23pm
Serena this isn't the first few months though. She was diagnosed Oct 08. She was always against the pump but I think with her recent problems we are kind of directing her that way at this point. Everyone has always wanted her on the pump but she didn't want something attached to her at all times. The teachers are all printing things in larger font for her and I set it that way on the computer and change the background to black with white letters but she can't see the keyboard so if her fingers move everything gets messed up. I end up typing her papers for her. Her tests are read to her and someone writes the answers on the paper because she can't see where the answer line is. It is really hard dealing with this but I really think she is still in denial and that everything will just work out on its own. We have tried to get her to talk to someone possibly even a pyschologist but she refused. She does talk to her guidance counselor. Teenager years are hard but d just makes it 10 x worse.
Comment by Serena on March 5, 2010 at 12:22pm
The first few months are so overwhelming for everyone -- remember to stop and give yourselves all a break =) It does get easier. If reading on the computer's a problem, I'd suggest contacting JDRF in your area. Go to, and click on locations. They have outreach members, parents and people with diabetes, who will talk with you and with your daughter. Depending on the chapter, they may have events for older teens too. There are also settings that can make the computer easier to read. I think they're called "accessibility" options. You can make fonts bigger and the contrast brighter. That might help with schoolwork too.

As for the not using insulin when she eats, I think that's a pretty common problem in teens. My daughter went the opposite way, and because she didn't want to give herself a shot, she just didn't eat. That's when we knew it was time for an insulin pump. Does your daughter have any interest in a pump? I know they're not for everybody, but it was truly life-changing for my daughter. It allows them to be closer to regular teens, sleeping late, grazing on snacks with friends (while giving herself insuin on the pump.) I know my daughter would never want to go back to daily shots. It also might help if she talked with someone. I know the endocrinology practice we go to has a full-time social worker to talk with kids and teens. It's a huge, huge lifestyle change that's happening when she's already in the midst of a big lifestyle change (kid to adult). Good luck!
Comment by concerned mom on March 5, 2010 at 11:52am
I have tried to get her to look at the website but she shows no interest. I told her there was so much useful information but right now she can't see to use the computer and she is so overwhelmed with schoolwork and normal everyday life she doesn't want to be bothered Even if it would help.

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