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Resources on Children and Adolescents

About 186,300 young people under 20 years of age have type 1 and type 2 diabetes. As obesity rates in children continue to soar, type 2 diabetes, a disease that used to be seen primarily in adults over age 45, is becoming more common in young people. Children with diabetes and their families, health care providers, and school personnel face unique challenges when dealing with diabetes. Learn more about type 1 and type 2 diabetes in young people and how to help them manage the disease and ensure their health and well-being.


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Tip Sheets for Teens with Diabetes

New 2007

This engaging series of tip sheets provides useful information about diabetes and encourages teens to take action to manage their disease for a long and healthy life. Written in clear and simple language, the tip sheets are helpful for anyone who has diabetes and his or her loved ones. Topics include:

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Tips for Teens: Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

New 2007

This bright, easy-to-read tip sheet encourages teens to take steps to lower their risk for type 2 diabetes. It provides advice about how to reach a healthy weight and lead an active lifestyle. Healthy food and activity guides are included.

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Quiz for Teens with Diabetes

New 2007

This interactive quiz asks teens with diabetes to think about the everyday steps that are vital to managing diabetes and how busy teens can make them part of their daily routine. The quiz is also a great learning tool for teens with friends or family members who have diabetes and is based on the Tips for Teens with Diabetes tip sheet series.

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When Your Child is Diagnosed with Diabetes: Parents' Questions for the Health Care Team

This NDEP resource contains questions about diabetes and its management to help families talk to the health care team and learn about their child's diabetes care needs. The resource provides online links to information related to the questions' answers.

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Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel

Use this comprehensive guide designed to empower school personnel, parents, and students to create a safe learning environment and equal access to educational opportunities for all children with diabetes. To learn more, read these in-depth articles from School Nurse News on topics related to helping students manage their diabetes. See Other Resources section for companion training modules.

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Move It! And Reduce Risk of Diabetes School Kit

This kit contains three posters of American Indian/Alaskan Native youth engaging in fun, healthful physical activity, fact sheets, resource lists and stories from schools that have used the materials to start Move It programs. The kit features customizable resources, along with an extensive CD-ROM with supporting materials and references.

Move It! School Kit (pdf* 4.2MB)

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Overview of Diabetes in Children and Adolescents

This informative online overview provides primary health care providers and the media with an update on the subject of diabetes in children and adolescents. It addresses the different types of diabetes, current epidemiological data on the scope of the problem, testing criteria to help identify type 2 diabetes in children early, and the latest science-based clinical practice recommendations for blood glucose goals, treating hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, and for monitoring complications and reducing the risk or heart attack and stroke. Included are topics on family support, transition to independence, diabetes at school, and information about camps and support groups. A summary of current research, a list of resources, and online links to other materials are provided.

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Resource Directory: Diabetes in Children and Adolescents

This web-based directory provides links to governmental, educational, and voluntary organizations and resources related to diabetes and children and adolescent health.

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Other Resources:

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
Take a look at all of the additional resources the NIDDK has to offer.


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