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Diabetes complications...do they increase during puberty?

Do diabetes complications increase during puberty? Please answer with lots of details and, if possible, references/websites I can refer to. Thank you.

do you mean is it more difficult to maintain control of your blood sugar levels? Yes, I believe it is.

try www.diabetes.com for information.

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diabetes complications pictures?

my 14 yr old son, is diabetic, and he has high blood sugars and I have to make him test, he won't do it.
I want to find some pictures of real people who have had serious complications to maybe make it more real to him?

According to all research and clinical practice experience, "scare tactics" simply do not work as motivators for teens with diabetes. Teens tend to think that they're "invincible" or "it won't happen to them". It's all part of that stage of life. In some cases, the fear of complications may make them feel like they are inevitable and the teen will just "give up" trying to take care of themselves.

I can think of what needs to be done here:

-Your son is overwhelmed by living with such a consuming and scary disease. Every day with no break. Sometimes kids just want to be kids. What are YOU doing to help him manage? Can YOU take over his management for a while until he comes around? Perhaps he just wants a break.

-Focus on the immediate short term. Tell him that if he wants to look healthy, play sports, go to college, and get/keep a girlfriend, he must be in control of his diabetes. If he ends up in a coma on a date, that might be the end of his relationship if not his life. Don't allow him to stay overnight with his friends unless he can show you that he will take care of himself. It's YOUR job to reinforce this. If he tests his blood glucose, he can go out, etc.

-Really talk to him. Find out his fears and wishes. Look for diabetes camps and/or diabetic support groups for teens in your area. I am assuming he has Type 1 diabetes, which is overall fairly uncommon. Perhaps he just needs to meet another teen living with the same issues he does? Diabetes (especially Type 1) can be a very hard disease to manage and cope with. Your son must be his pancreas 24-7 while his friends don't have to think twice about such things. He may feel sick, depressed, and overwhlemed by the constant threat of immediate AND long term complications and early death. He may really benefit from a mental health professional who is familiar with diabetes in teens. To often people "blame the diabetic" without giving them the resources to cope with such a life-changing disease.

This is my advice. You can always try taking him to a local hospital to show him "diabetes complications" but in my opinion, that is not necessarily the best answer.

It's like showing an alcoholic what alcoholism does to a family. They obviously are aware of the situation, what they need is *support* and tools to cope with and overcome their problem.

I believe there is a program called "Cumberland House" that helps teens with (primarily Type 1) diabetes with similar problems as your son. What you refer to is quite common.

Lastly, there is only so much you can do. In the end, he will have to come to terms with his condition and learn to manage it if he wants to live some sort of "normal" life. Unfortunately with diabetes, there really are no choices. Some kids do end up in and out of the hospital throughout their short life, and yes, some of those kids *do* die. Some people simply just can't cope or manage. But I do not blame the diabetic, I blame the fact that we do not have a cure for this horrible disease yet. So many ignorant doctors and nurses have no idea how hard it is to live with Type 1 diabetes. My advice to them is to spend a week with a Type 1 child/teen, and then tell me how easy they think it is. Insulin does not replace a pancreas.

Whatever you do, support your son, do not blame him.

I wish your family all the best, and please try to get your son some help.  (+ info)

what are the basic complications of diabetes?

The Complications of Diabetes Program encompasses basic and clinical research related to acute (e.g. ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar coma) and chronic complications of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Chronic complications include the vascular complications of diabetes and the effects of diabetes on any organ system. Clinical studies supported under this program include strategies to prevent or treat the complications of diabetes. Supported basic research examines the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which hyperglycemia mediates its adverse effects and the interrelationships among the mechanisms potentially involved in the pathogenesis of complications, including: increased polyol pathway flux; alterations of intracellular redox state; oxidative stress; glycation of structural and functional proteins; altered expression of growth factors; enhanced activity of PKC; impaired synthesis of nitric oxide and other vasoactive substances; and altered metabolism of fatty acids.  (+ info)

Understanding Diabetes and complications..does anyone know any Powerpoint presentation/good websites on this?

I will be doing a presentation soon to the public...appreciated if I could get further info on this.

Thank you.

Check out the site below:  (+ info)

How do you stick with a healthy diet to manage your diabetes when you work in a dietary mine field?

I am a weak woman. It is so easy to eat what is convenient. It is easy to eat snacks provided by my employer instead of preparing a meal when deadlines are bearing down on me.

I know the risks of unhealthy eating. My aunt died from complications relating to out of control diabetes.

While I don't have diabetes, I have a lot of family members who did and am now Insulin Resistant and struggling to prevent myself from developing it.

Here's the deal...there's what's easiest to do and there's what's most important to do. When it's a choice between what you NEED to eat and a deadline, you have to make up your mind that your health needs MUST come first above all else. Yes, it's easier to eat what's available, but that's the sure road to pain, misery and an early death.

There are books and websites out there with ideas for quick, healthy meals. Pack your own healthy snacks to take with you to work. A lot of people I know of make most of their meals for the week on weekends, freeze them and thaw them out. My sister-in-law packs her lunch and snacks and puts out her breakfast the night before.

It's about getting serious about your health. If you feel guilty doing that or are afraid of missing a deadline, or whatever, remind yourself that the better shape you keep yourself in, the more productive you'll be able to be at work.

Find whatever reason, whatever self-talk you need to hear, whatever visual image you need for encouragement to keep you going. The visual image that kept me from drinking, for instance, was an uncle who had diabetes and drank like a fish. He ended up with no legs and his son had to literally carry him everywhere. Ugh!! in a major way. That was intense enough to keep me away from alcohol from the get go.

Here's a personal experience that's going to help me keep away from desserts when I go on vacation. I'm strict about no sugar at home, but on vacations I figure it can't hurt me for just one week. Well, 2 major vacations - one last Dec and just this week coming home from my inlaws in Texas - and I developed a serious sinus infection both times. My doctor finally decided it's because I'm sensitive enough to sugar that it causes a yeast bloom in my sinuses and I'm down and out for several days. That will be more than enough to keep desserts out of my mouth on subsequent trips.

Just ideas, but use whatever you need to in order to motivate yourself to take care of yourself. Nobody else is going to take care of you. You're it. How well you do depends entirely on you (and probably a lot of other folks depend upon your being healthy).  (+ info)

How do I start a support group, for minorities with diabetes.?

Basically, what I would like to do is sit down with a small group and talk open and honestly about our lives with diabetes.
How to manage it and not it managing us.
Also make it fun, and engaging with incentives for participating. But mainly letting them know how they can prevent kidney disease, amputation, and the various other dangerous complications.

Minorities are more likely to get diabetes than their white counterparts so I do understand why you would want to start something like that. You'd have to do a LOT of research and to set up a meeting where everybody feels comfortable, you might wanna go to a local school, YMCA, community center and churches are very accommodating as well.
Free food is always an incentive and you could make the participants prepare healthy food instead of junky food so they can go home with a tool to help them fight diabetes. good luck =)  (+ info)

Will Military Tri-Care pay for Liposuction for Active Duty to prevent Hereditary Diabetes?

I am 36, Dad Died in May from Diabetes Complications, Mom is Insulin Controlled Diabetes, Brother Diabetes as well. I keep gaining weight around only my stomach, and this Lipo is for medical reasons, not laziness. I PT 7 Days a week with plenty of cardio and decent diet. Don't know if we can or not but Females can receive Breast Implants and Reduction anyway.

Lipo does not prevent or cure diabetes.  (+ info)

Our dog has been diagnosed with cushing's disease and diabetes. How can we boost his immune system?

He takes anipryl daily for the cushings and receives insulin injections daily for his diabetes. He has a severe dermatitis/skin infection right now and currently takes 2 antibiotics and an antihistamine daily for these complications. What can we give him to boost his immune system so as not to complicate these other health issues?

You should talk to your vet for this question.
Also post animal questions in the animal section . You will get more answers .

BTW- I have both diabetes and Cushing's.  (+ info)

What information would you like to hear from me about diabetes?

If I came to your door and talked to you about diabetes awareness what would I have to say to get you to listen.For example:The different types of diabetes,The complications,the out of pocket cost for medications and dr. visits,The facts of how many people have diabetes,etc.

How does diabetes effect sex drive in both males and females?  (+ info)

How can you tell if you're at risk for diabetes?

For example, if your mother and grandmother had diabetes and complications (severe) what steps could you take to prevent Type (II) I believe diabetes?

You can't TELL if you are at risk. By that definition EVERYONE is "at rick". But some people, like yourself, are MORE at risk because of family history.

Type 1 Diabetes has a STRONG genetic connection, but Type 2 Diabetes has a much weaker genetic connection. In other words, if your ancestors were Type 1 Diabetics, is is QUITE LIKELY that you will be Type 1, but if your ancestors are Type 2, it is not so likely that you will be Type 2, AND you have a better chance of preventing Type 2 Diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes is caused by leading an unhealthy lifestyle -- too many sugars and fats in the diet, not enough exercise, being overweight, and generally not caring about the general state of your health.

Given that, you should IMMEDIATELY see what needs to be done to reduce your chances of getting Type 2 Diabetes: STRICT dietary control (NO sugars, low fats. Artificial sweeteners are OK if uses in moderation), increased physical activity (walking, biking, swimming, volleyball, etc), maintaining a "normal" weight (ask your doctor), and taking the necessary diagnostics tests at least once a year.

Of course, if you follow this plan it is unlikely that you will get Type 2 Diabetes. ANd if you don;t get it, you will NOT have any complications. But there is STILL a SMALL chance that you will get it anyway. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle your complications will be few and minor.  (+ info)

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