I have type 1 diabetes

Whether you're new to type 1 diabetes or an old pro by now, there is lots of information to help you here.

There is always something new to thinking about in term of type 1 diabetes. Here, we provide information on the range of treatments available for type 1, some information on some of the things that might be concerning you right now or possibly in the future. This might be useful for your parents or guardian too so ask them to have a look or why not take a look through it together.

At home

Your parents might be a bit overprotective and worried about you doing things you usually do, like playing sports or staying at your mates’. Your brothers and sisters might be the same but on the other hand they could be acting a bit weird because they are jealous of all the attention you are getting.

Try not to be too hard on them. You’ve got to remember that they love and care about you so your type 1 is affecting them too. They just want what is best for you. Even siblings who act up and give you a hard time love you. It’s just that sometimes they have a funny way of showing it.

The way to get round your parents is to show them that you are taking care of yourself and your type 1 diabetes. If they can see that you are doing that, they won’t feel the need to constantly remind you about your insulin.

As your parents learn to trust you more then your brothers and sisters will be a lot better. Initially, your type 1 diabetes will take up a lot of your parents’ time so they might feel left out. As time goes on though they will see that it’s not always going to be like that. Also, your brother or sister might be feeling guilty if they don’t have type 1, or they could be scared that the same thing will happen to them. So try and think of their feelings and you can always talk about it with them.

Telling friends

One thing that kids with type 1 diabetes often worry about is their friends. They wonder how they’re going to tell them and once they do how will their mates treat them.

It’s great to tell your friends because they can cheer you up if you are feeling a bit fed up about having type 1 and if they know how it affects you and the signs when your blood sugar is low, they can get help if needed.

Getting on to the subject of telling them is never easy, so a good way to do it might be when you are testing your blood, injecting your insulin or having a snack to treat low blood sugar. Then you can explain what you are doing and why you are doing it.

Useful information

School and university

Life at school and university can be a little more difficult when you have type 1 diabetes, with its own challenges.

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Managing type 1

Managing your condition well is essential to make sure you live a healthy life with type 1 diabetes. This section will provide you with more information on how you know can manage type 1. However if have any problems or concerns then please do speak to your diabetes healthcare team.

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Treating type 1 diabetes means replacing the insulin that your pancreas doesn't make and monitoring your blood sugar levels. There are different ways to do this, this section will give you more information.

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Type 1 sports day
Sports and exercise

Having type 1 diabetes does not mean that you will have to give up on all the sports that you love doing.

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Type 1 and food
Type 1 and food

It is really important that you keep an eye on the food you eat because it can have such an impact on your blood sugar levels.

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Sickness and feeling unwell

You might need to manage your type 1 diabetes a bit differently when you're sick.

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Travelling and holiday

Maybe your holiday involves spending a long time in the car with an annoying sibling or perhaps you and your parents have to pack everything for a holiday abroad. We have our top 10 travel tips to help you on your way.

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Check ups

What type 1 checks you should be having? On this page we explain the check ups you should be receiving and how often it’s recommended to get them done.

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Your healthcare team

Your healthcare team are there to help you through every aspect of treating and managing your type 1 diabetes.

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Transitioning to adult care

When transitioning to adult care, different clinics in the UK have different policies. Some start the process when you are 14 years old, and others when you are 16 or 17.

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