Diabetes, some basic rules to prevent diabetes complications during travel
Diabetes mellitus is a disease characterized by the presence of high blood glucose levels due to little or no secretion of the hormone responsible for maintaining sugar levels normal: insulin. People with this condition require care in as for diet, exercise routine, and medication management, to avoid complications as delicate as blindness, damage to vessels blood, nerves, kidneys, and circulatory system, and leg amputation in extreme cases.
Raising a child with diabetes is not easy, but the fact is that it is not impossible, the disease is only part of his life, and like any other child or adolescent can play sports, live with friends, daydream, be excited about the future, love, and fun. You can also leave home on vacation, alone or accompanied, and rather than represent a hazard may be an excellent opportunity to strengthen the care and responsibility towards their condition.
Teens and Diabetes
Adolescence is the age of changes, starting between 12 and 13 years, and involves changes both physical and emotional making leading to self-awareness and the creation of personality so that everything that happens in this process is of great importance and significance for the young.
Along with the physical changes were introduced starting of mental and emotional maturation, characterized by fluctuations in feelings: it tends to act rebellious, the treatment to other members family not known for their politeness and many acts tend to attack school and teachers, but also present a facet showing boredom and indifference to what happens in the environment to feel “out of place.” The truth is that, although crude, these expressions and the pursuit of “being different” are manifestations of constructive aggression and essential for the formation of personality.
This is because it is common for adolescents with diabetes, Type 1 almost always has difficulty sticking to your treatment, so I get to annoy the administration of the hormone that generates the pancreas with subcutaneous injections, to regulate blood sugar levels. It can also be cumbersome food restriction and having to split meals 5 or 6 daily doses to avoid fluctuations of glucose.
It is also important that all adolescents with diabetes receive guidance on the importance of not starting consumption alcohol and snuff, which are used by large numbers of young due to the adoption of stereotypes, but that would negatively affect the health of those with little or no insulin production.
Finally, it is very important that parents, teachers, and doctors (Sometimes supported by a psychologist) nurture self-esteem adolescents with diabetes, and to put special emphasis on his condition is no less favorably than other kids the same age, but only is different, and this does not prevent freely with friends and people of the opposite sex.
Diabetes is not fun to fight with or to travel, so that those with the disease, including Teens, can schedule a trip with their family or friends provided that they take appropriate measures to ensure continuity therapy in the place of rest.
It should be noted that when information and monitoring measures to prevent diabetes are suitable from an early age greater the commitment to their adolescent notice condition. Hence, education about treatment should eradicate extreme situations, such as overprotection, which makes a child or adolescent feel worthless and different about their similar, and the scolding, where the pain produced by injection Insulin is conceptualized as a “punishment” to the default or “lack of responsibility.”
The best therapy is based on communication between parent and child, and it is recognized that if the boy wants to be treated as an adult, must take charge of their own control plan even on vacation.
So, let’s start by indicating that the adolescent will consult your doctor before traveling to define the necessary adjustments in therapy. It should be noted, for example, that the power of the patient with type 1 diabetes is added in several portions a day to avoid the increase or decrease in blood sugar levels and, therefore, if the Young will make changes to your schedule, either because they visit else in the world or just because you think up later to sleep a little more, need to restructure its feeding schedule.
Similarly, it is likely to make small adjustments in insulin doses, schedules for glucose monitoring, or exercise training, which is why nothing betters in these circumstances to have the advice and approval of the endocrinologist who brought the suit.
Also, the adolescent patient and physician can dig on some basic rules for the trip, including:
Always carry the necessary equipment for insulin delivery and the measurement of sugar blood.
Ensure that insulin is not exposed to high temperatures so that you can use to avoid the use of pre-cooled heat.
Never stop insulin in the glove compartment of a car, on a radiator, or other heat sources. Nor must be exposed to direct sunlight
Always carry sugar fruit on hand at the possibility that sugar levels fall unexpectedly (hypoglycemia).
In case of long road trips, should take a break to eat some food every two hours. This measure is particularly important if the same patient is the driver.
Never stop insulin and other materials along with the luggage, but must register with hand luggage within a “basic kit” which should include: sufficient insulin, syringes, blood glucose meter, and foods with rapidly absorbed carbohydrates (cookies or fruits).
To set this type of responsibility, it is useful children or adolescents with diabetes attend camps organized specifically for them, as this allows them to achieve other kids who share the same problem, so that under advice specialized medical learning to live with their disease. One of the agencies with more experience in performing this type of event is the Mexican Diabetes Association, with representation in each state of the Republic.
Finally, parents should explain to your teen that becoming an adult means taking responsibility, so that attention correct the disease, contrary to what we think, will help have an advantage over their peers of the same age as their condition allows you to learn to make decisions every day about their diet, exercise and time, making it a valuable and mature person.