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Further information for parents
Further information for parents

Controlling my Diabetes

Controlling your diabetes means making sure that your blood glucose (sugar) levels are not too low and not too high and you feel well. Poor control over many years can affect your health, growth and development.

People who don’t have diabetes have a blood glucose level of between 4 and 7 mmol/L . You need to learn to keep your blood glucose levels ‘normal’ too by carefully balancing the amount of insulin, food and exercise you have.

How to measure control

This can be done in a few ways. Within the diabetes clinic, your diabetes will be carefully monitored. At home you will be able to monitor your diabetes control by testing your blood glucose levels.

Frequent blood glucose testing (2-4 times a day) will help you know how good your diabetes control is. It is important to write your readings in a special diary to help you spot patterns and know if changes to your treatment are needed.


For Parents

For Parents

Helpful information for parents who have children with diabetes Find out how and where you can get support, click here

Steve Dixon's Story

 Steve Dixon's Story

Sky TV presenter Steve Dixon was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 17 years old, mid-way through his A-levels. Now 34, he has achieved a successful career as a news presenter, and is a big advocate on the importance of self-management to carefully monitor his diabetes.

Around the World with Diabetes

Around the World with Diabetes

Maëlle Bocher from France is an extraordinary twelve-year-old with diabetes. Maëlle was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes aged five. In January 2006, Maëlle and her family embarked on an exciting sailing journey around the world.

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