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Type 1 Diabetes in Children with Sylvia White

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Managing Type 1 Diabetes in Kids

Type 1 diabetes, historically called Juvenile Diabetes, is a condition of high blood sugar levels caused by a lack of insulin production in the body. About 5% of the population has Type 1 diabetes, and more than 18,000 children are diagnosed each year, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a friend, a relative, or a healthcare provider, you probably know of a child with Type 1 diabetes. This episode of The Nourished Child podcast will help you better understand what’s at stake when a child has Type 1 diabetes.

In this episode, I talk with Sylvia White, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator who lives in the Memphis TN area. She’s been a RD for over 25 years and specializes in diabetes. Her three children, two of which have type 1 diabetes, have inspired and informed her work.

What you will Learn about Type 1 Diabetes:

  • The difference between Type 1 and 2 diabetes
  • Why children mainly have type 1 diabetes
  • The typical presentation of a new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes
  • How diabetes is managed with food and insulin
  • The signs and symptoms of high blood sugar and low blood sugar
  • Why checking blood sugar is so important
  • The different ways kids check their blood sugar each day
  • The role of counting carbohydrates (aka carb counting)
  • How to track eating
  • Whether children with diabetes can have dessert or not
  • How to cover food intake with insulin
  • The emerging technologies for managing diabetes

What we cover in this episode:

  • The “trauma” of learning your child has Type 1 diabetes
  • Sylvia’s personal experience with Type 1 diabetes
  • The growing incidence of Type 2 diabetes in children
  • How to manage the extremes in blood sugar
  • Whether sugar-free products are needed
  • Insulin pumps, islet cells, artificial pumps, and other new technology
  • Managing diabetes in school and daycare
  • What kids with diabetes can grow up to be and what restrictions exist for them

Resources I Mentioned in the Show:

Sylvia’s free email course: 5 Tips for When a Child is Diagnosed with Diabetes
A Pre-View Chapter to Sylvia’s new book: Pumping Kids: A Step-by-Step Guide to Insulin Pumps
Pumping Insulin book
ADA Guide to Carb Counting
Pink Panther Diabetes books
Rufus teddy bear (JDRF Bag of Hope)
T1 Everyday Magic (Disney + Lilly collaboration):
Sylvia’s website | Twitter | Pinterest |Instagram | Facebook
The Healthy Snack Planner for Kids
The Nourished Child Project

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