Keep Children With Diabetes Safe At School

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Children With Diabetes

At 17 years old, Bethannie Ramirez is part of a new-and disturbing-trend: The rising number of teenagers who have type 2 diabetes. What used to be called "adult-onset" diabetes is now showing up in younger and younger patients. In the September issue of the American Diabetes Association's Diabetes Forecast magazine, Bethannie talks candidly about the confusion and denial she felt when she was first diagnosed, and how she has since learned the importance of taking care of her health and managing her diabetes.

In 2003, one week before entering the eighth grade, Bethannie was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She had to learn quickly about testing her blood glucose levels, taking her medicine, and how to eat the right foods. "I had to learn to control what I ate, when I ate, and how much I ate," says Bethannie.

Bethannie's story is just one part of the magazine's Back-to-School Survival Guide, which also includes tips from experts and parents about dealing with diabetes in children; a profile of two young brothers who both have type 1 -- and who are also both accomplished baseball players; and a guide to the legal rights of kids with diabetes. This special package lists several steps a parent can take to prepare for the school year, such as knowing those legal rights; helping to educate and train school personnel; having a diabetes management plan in place; and making sure that the school has the supplies it needs to help the child.


Also in this month's magazine:

-- A dispatch from the ADA's annual Scientific Sessions, where there was a major focus on the person with diabetes as their own primary caregiver. We look in depth at one aspect: continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), which allows patients ongoing information about their diabetes.

-- In the wake of the latest news from the FDA, a special report on the latest thinking about Avandia and what patients should do.

-- Recipes for eating healthy by bringing your lunch from home.

Diabetes Forecast has been America's leading diabetes magazine for over 55 years. Each full-color issue provides the latest information on diabetes research and treatment, as well as practical tips on day-to-day coping with diabetes. The magazine is published monthly by the American Diabetes Association.