Keeping kids with diabetes active

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Keeping Kids with Diabetes Active

Active children have stronger more flexible muscles and bones, leaner bodies and are less likely to become overweight. All children, and especially those with diabetes, need to make physical activity a part of every day life.

 

One of the most important ways to get kids moving is to limit the amount of time spent watching TV, playing video games, and sitting in front of a computer. Encourage your children to move around all year long.

 

Wearing an insulin pump does not need to interfere with your child’s activity level. Whether with a playmate or alone, your child has a world of options to help keep active. Be sure to consider the age appropriateness and safety of all ages involved, and don’t forget the safety gear like helmets and wrist guards.

 

Don't forget about nutrition and hydration. Feeling well because you are all eating healthier will make it easier to feel more like being active and having fun. And all these healthy habits are more likely to be maintained the rest of your child's life.

Remember that insulin needs can change during exercise. Be sure to test your child's blood glucose (blood sugar) levels according to your HCP's recommendation until you find out how exercise affects his or her blood sugar.

 

For children on an insulin pump, work with your healthcare team to develop a temporary or alternate basal rate for use during physical activity. When you are away from home, make sure you have the proper snacks to prevent lows, and proper items to treat varying blood glucose levels.

 

If your kids are playing away from home without you, make sure they have their medical identification on them (not in their back pack). And make sure that at least some other kids and parents know your child has diabetes, so they too can watch out should your child need assistance.

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