Cedars Sinai Kids Talk – Type 1 Diabetes and Summertime

Cedars Sinai Kids Talk – Type 1 Diabetes and Summertime


Well summer is officially here and I’m
at Cedar-Sinai to learn about how kids with type 1 diabetes can have a safe and
fun summer. I’m meeting with Dr. Schwager to have
her give some guidelines for kids with type 1 diabetes to follow so that they
feel their best over the summer break. One of my favorite things to do during
the summer is turn off my alarm clock and sleep in. How does this affect kids
that type 1 diabetes? Well with kids with type 1 diabetes it’s
important to maintain your health, it’s a top priority. And so even though your
routine might be different, you still need to check your blood sugars or
routine intervals. Is there any special precautions that kids with type 1
diabetes should follow when going on vacation? Well you want to make sure that
you get a travel letter and the travel letter says that you have diabetes and
that you’re gonna be traveling with your supplies including your insulin, your
syringes, and your needles. So, if traveling during the hot summer months
you want to go ahead and take a cold pack with you to keep the insulin nice
and cool. I know I spend a lot more time running around and playing with my
friends during the summer. How does exercise affect kids with type and
diabetes? So, exercise can definitely cause your blood sugar levels to change.
So, if kids are outside playing a lot they might notice that they need less
insulin. Does this apply to swimming also? So, before getting into any body of water
including a pool you want to go ahead and check your blood sugar because if
your blood sugar is low that could be a dangerous situation and inside the pool.
Thanks for meeting with me Dr. Schwager I’m sure this information will be very
useful to kids and their parents. It’s been a pleasure Avery thank you for
meeting me today as well.

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