Teen Diabetes

By snuggums3030 Latest Reply 2012-09-14 22:58:02 -0500
Started 2010-10-26 23:55:34 -0500

I took my daughter to a doctor appointment to find out why she was so thirsty all of a sudden. Well, we didn't leave until 3 days later. She was admitted to the hospital. Her sugar level was 736 and her A1C was 12.5. They said if I would have waited 3 days longer she would have been in a coma. I had no clue. My daughter is 17 years old and now has to take insulin the rest of her life. I'm still in shock that she is diabetic and I'm affraid of needles to top it off. I'm so thankful that she is in good spirits with it but I'm a nervous wreck. If you can give me any advice on cooking for a diabetic I would sure love the information. We were told to count her carbs.

18 replies

samantha.d 2012-09-14 21:49:40 -0500 Report

Hi ! I just got diagnosed at 16 and my mum was shook up about it.. I was in hospital for a week as my bloods wer so high.. You have the same worries as my mum .. Especially what to cook! Atm i am not counting carbs but i will be learning to soon so if you want to talk to my mum or something i know she would like to talk about these things, hope this was helpful!

BobCGM 2010-11-14 19:35:23 -0600 Report

I feel that it is important for your daughter to know that she does not need to change her diet,(though that may be good if it was unhealthy before). She can eat all the same foods and amounts that she did previously, she will just need to know the carb count to be sure that she is getting the proper amount of insulin for her cells to use those carbohydrates. She and you will become expert at it over time, but don't expect perfection. Most all of us long-lived diabetics have had our ups and downs and many of us remain complication-free despite those. So you don't need to change your cooking, you just need to be sure that you can make a reasonably good estimate of the carbohydrate in her portions. Once you have a handle on that, you can try fine-tuning by taking into account glycemic index of foods, etc. There's a lot to learn, but the rest of us have all done it and many lead happy, productive lives despite the occasional challenges

jetten2 2010-10-30 13:28:47 -0500 Report

I am sorry about your daughter. I have been a type 1 diabetic on insulin for 22 yearsand have recently found the answers from Dr Robert Young at **removed by administrator**. Your daughter can be helped as he has helped me and thousands of others. Dr Young is a scientist who specializes in studying the blood under microscopes. He has found the answers and has forwarded documented studies to the AMA with incredible results on many diseases from Diabetes to Heart Disease and Cancer.
In a nutshell the reason we get diseases is that our bodies are acidic and not alkaline. By getting our bodies heavily alkaline we can fight off any disease and rid ourselves of any current disease we have.
For myself I have been a Type 1 insulin dependent diabetic for 22years with High Blood Pressure and about 35 lbs overweight. I started following Dr Young's diet and within 2 weeks my 14 day average of blood sugar readings went from 200 to 107. INCREDIBLE! I lost 30 lbs in 30 days and stopped taking my blood pressure medication. All that & using less insulin. I used to use between 60 to 110 units per day and now I only use betwwen 10 to 20 units daily.
I will not lie to you the diet is the toughest one you could ever go on. I became a Vegan but even tougher only eating alkaline foods. I drink only alkaline water with a ph of about 9 to 9.5 and I use his supplements.
I know your daughter will hate the diet but I assure you of one thing IT WORKS!

snuggums3030 2010-10-27 19:09:54 -0500 Report

Thank you all for your support and advice. I need all the help that I can get. If you know of any good cookbooks let me know. She is a very picky kid.

GabbyPA 2010-10-28 08:46:29 -0500 Report

Have you used our Book Club section yet? There are tons of great cookbooks in there that have our personal reviews and then connect straight to Amazon.com so you can read other reviews as well. I use that a lot and have found it very helpful. I have listed a couple of my favorite cook books in there. The cool thing is that you can most likely get a used one off of Amazon for a fraction of the price. I got one book not long ago for about $3 including shipping!

Richard157 2010-10-27 17:10:23 -0500 Report

You have been given excellent advice. I just want to add that in modern times, it is possible to have a long, healthy life with type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6. Now I am 71 and have been type 1 for 65 years. I am very healthy, with no complications. If your daughter takes good care of herself she can accomplish all her goals and her diabetes will not stop her. It may slow her down, and cause some frustration along the way, but she can fulfill her life's goals.

jmacon6236 2010-10-27 12:09:49 -0500 Report

Hi Snuggums, sorry to hear this. I was 15 when I found out I had diabetes & the interesting thing about it was that I was thirsty & going to the bathroom all the time, plus I lost a ton of weight. I heard about type 1 diabetes and told my mother I thought I had it & she thought I was joking, needless to say we found out because I passed out one day at home. Anyhow, I know that you said that you are scared if needles but that is something that you are going to have to try to get over because of her illness. If she ever passes out or doesn't wake up because her blood sugar is low you are going to have to inject Glucagon into her, which is used to raise her blood sugar…her blood sugars may vary time from time since you guys are still learning about this. Just work & learn with her, try measuring the foods she eats, stay on top of her checking her sugar levels at least 4 times a day, and make sure she drinks plenty of water.

mo91108 2010-10-27 12:03:03 -0500 Report

I was just recently diagnosed with type 1 as well. with a blood sugar over 600. The second I got out of the hospital (A week later), My boyfriend's coworkers had let me borrow their diabetic cookbooks. We then bought some off of ebay. Also we got a subscription to diabetes forecast from the ADA. I hope things go good for her and you also. I know it must be hard for you as well. But Good Luck and God Bless

- Monica

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2010-10-27 11:48:12 -0500 Report

You are in the same shoes as my mom was when I was diagnosed. I was 11 years old when I was diagnosed so I definately know what it is like to have diabetes as a teenager. My experience was very similar to your daughters. I was acting strange and was always thirsty and had to use the restroom more frequently than usual so my mom took me in to see what was wrong, and I came home from the hospital 3 days later, just like your daughter. We had no idea anything was wrong and then all of the sudden my whole life had changed. But I think my mom was more worried about it than I was which can make it worse, so just try to stay calm about the whole situation. It can be rough trying to stabalize diabetes as a teenager but it is possible. Those years are still fresh in my memory so if I had any advice to give to help your daughter I would say make sure you don't make a huge deal of all of this. That will only maker her feel more different than everyone around her. I always appreciated it though when people would ask me questions and wanted to know more about diabetes so that I didn't feel awkward giving a shot or testing my blood sugar in front of people. That way I was just educating them and they didn't think I had some strange disease. Make sure you give her some idependance with treating her diabetes. Sometimes my mom would nag at me about a blood sugar or giving insulin or what I was eating and it just made me more frustrated. So help her and let her know that you are there but let her do it on her own. Just treat it as a part of life, which I know will be hard for the first little while the whole family gets used to it, but once you do it really doesn't have to control her life. There are a lot of programs out there for newly diagnosed diabetics and their families. Getting involved has also helped me cope with my diabetes. It is good to know that there are others that are going through the same thing that I am. here is a link to the American Diabetes Association which has several programs to offer.


There are other organizations out there as well that have support groups and other resources that can help. Also, we are all here for you and your daughter, so if you have any questions feel free to ask. The chances are good that someone here on Diabetic Connect has experienced it and can help.

snuggums3030 2010-10-27 18:44:44 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for the information. Your mom and I are the same. I told my daughter to text me every time she checks her sugar b/c I'm a nervous wreck wondering what her levels are at school and at work. Do you still eat candy and things with sugar?

John Crowley
John Crowley 2010-10-27 10:35:41 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect.

I remember all too well the overwhelmed feeling in those first few days and weeks after diagnosis. My son was 8 years old when we found out. But you'll be amazed at how quickly you start feeling more and more confident.

First of all, you've already received some great advice. If you feel unsure about cooking, you might want to ask your doctor for a referral to a Certified Diabetes Educator (preferably one who is also a Licensed Dietitian or Nutritionist). They can really help you get into the daily meal planning and understanding what to cook.

Some basic things to understand about eating:
• You need to count every gram of carbohydrate that your daughter eats. Just read food labels and use sites like www.nutritiondata.com to help you.

• The reason you are counting the carbs is to make sure you're matching the carbs with the right amount of insulin. (If you have questions, just ask and we can walk you through it.)

• Always combining any carbs she eats with a protein or fat will help the carb digest more slowly, which can help with control.

• Complex carbs are better than highly refined or starchy carbs. (In other words, whole grains are better than white flour. Brown rice is better than white rice. Corn and potatoes are very starchy and not great. Etc.)

• Fresh vegetables and lean meats are the best place to start planning any meal.

Here are a couple of good articles to read:

And one more thing, especially because your child is a teenage girl. Over the last few weeks, her body has been in crisis mode. She's been dehydrating and her body has been forced to burn fat because it couldn't use any of the sugar in her blood. As a result, she most likely has been losing weight.

Now that her body is utilizing sugar again and getting rehydrated, she will undoubtedly gain some weight. Don't let her freak out about this. It is her body getting healthy again. You can help her understand that what's happening is natural and healthy.

Hang in there and don't hesitate to come back here to ask questions.

Kimbala 2010-10-27 10:24:29 -0500 Report

talk to her doctor to see if she can use the insulin pump she only has to change to site every two days and some meters work with them and can tell the pump how much insulin to give her. When my mother have her transplant they gave her hers and it helped the kidney last 11 years and not just 5. It will be worth the question.

Kimbala 2010-10-27 10:15:27 -0500 Report

My Mother's at one time went over 900 and she was still telling us what to do while we where giving her shots and putting her in the car and driving to Duke.

kdroberts 2010-10-27 09:00:09 -0500 Report

Call your local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, they have programs where they will put you in contact with a local families with children living with diabetes. It's a very good way to get real life advice and help from people who went through the same thing you are going through. The best thing you can do now is take small steps and try not to get overwhelmed by it all.

http://www.jdrf.org/ is the main site
http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?page_id=103432 is the newly diagnosed section.

GabbyPA 2010-10-27 08:35:16 -0500 Report

My heart goes out to you. You must be facing a host of emotions right now. It is great that you have caught it and now the adventure begins. It will be a rough one in the beginning, but it is going to amaze you how you guys grow in strength together.

Here are some basics for carb counting. These videos are my favorite.

Cooking for a diabetic is just making healthy choices. Once you learn about carbs, it will be easier. Like a typical meal at our house USED to be meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn and salad. YIKES! Carb overload. meatloaf usually has ketchup and bread crumbs...carbs. Potatoes....carbs. Corn....carbs. Wow.

Now I try to stick to cooking a meat on it's own. I can have a carb side such as rolls or corn, but then I make sure there is a low carb veggie, like broccoli or salad. Cooking is not as much an issue sometimes as is the serving size. In the beginning, measuring her foods will work best. That way you can adjust her insulin to cover the carbs.

It is very important to not be guessing specially in the beginning. If she eats more carbs than she should, that is okay as long as you know how much and can adjust her insulin to cover it. Be honest in the counts always. The only one that will beat her up if she eats more is her glucose levels if it's not covered.

She won't be perfect, she just needs to be aware. That will take time and work and research. She will learn more each day and every day will present a new challenge. I try to view it as an adventure as I explore how my body works. As a diabetic, I know more about how my body works than most people. Kind of cool sometimes.

realsis77 2010-10-27 08:30:42 -0500 Report

Hi I'm newly diagonsed also. Its been two months for me. I take two different kinds of insulin daily. One 24 hour insulin called lantus and one to cover my meals called humulinR. I was terrified of needles and remeber comming home with my new perscription of needles in a big box and just crying oh God how can I do this! I promise you this gets easier! The needles may look scary now but I promise you they are toatly painless! Not even a pinch is felt! These new diabetic needles are wonderful! I use both insulin pen and syringe., the insulin pen has an even smaller needle! Both are made espically for diaabetics and are lubricated and made so special that I promise you not an ounce of pain is felt! I mean toatly and completely painless injections! So don't worry. I also promise soon it will be as easy as brushing her teeth. It has become a ritulal like that for me. I compare it to brushing my teeth because its like that, something I do to take care of myself just like teeth brushing a daily regiment I'm used to as soon so will your daughter be used to . Its as painless as teeth brushing too! You just do it! I was sooooooo fearful at first! I could barely do it! Have your daughter read about injection technique, watch some injection technique videos on you tube , these diabetic videos reallly really helped me! Soon she will hav e her injection technique down to a science! Make sure she rotates injection areas as you always want to rotate injection spots because if you don't things can happen to your skin like lumps and other things so rotation is important! These videos give great tips like that and important pointers she should know about. Even though she was taught how to give the injection haave her check out you tube. I learned a lot from the videos. Just look up diabetic injection technique and many you tube videos come up. You can even see five year olds give their shot without a flintch. Proving my point its painless! Don't worry like I said it will become second nature for her! And mom, remember it truely is painless to get these shots so don't be afraid. As for the diet watch those carbs! Low carb meals are a must! It helped me remember when someone told me to not eat the white foods,white bread, potatoes, pastas,tortillas, white is not good. Also know this is a great place to come for support. We all understand. We all live daily lives and manage our diseases too! It can be a struggle and these first two months will be the most difficult,but I promise you this, it gets easier! Soon these things your learning now will be second nature. I promise but you and your daughter must reach out learn, learn learn! Get books, do reasearch and have your daughter do it too! Knowledge is power! The fear in myself was fear of unknown and ignorance. One you empower yourself with knowledge you will feel a lot better! Amazon:com has many great books about diabetic and there very reasonably priced! One real good one is think like a pancerous. Its about manageing insulin and much more.that book has helped me a lot! Well I hope I've helped you and your daughter somehow by my answers.please keep us posted on how things are going ok. God Bless you both. Good luck in your journey with diabetes.

jayabee52 2010-10-27 03:10:28 -0500 Report

Howdy snuggums


Sorry to learn of your daughter's diagnosis (Dx) with Diabetes Mellitus (DM).
Glad you hadn't waited any longer to get her checked out.

First of all, I want to assure you that DM isn't a death sentence. It doesn't mean that she has to lose digits or limbs or have nasty complications. Because she's almost an adult, it is up to her to take care of herself. If she takes good care and masters her DM, by learning what she needs to do to care for herself with DM. Learning how and what to eat, how to take her insulin and other meds to give her good control over her DM.

I would invite you to show her this site and have her sign up. We here are by no means a substitute for a doctor's care, but we are a family of sorts, gathered around learning how to control our DM instead of letting it master us. Many of us have lived with DM, type 1 (t1) and type 2 (t2) for a number of years. We have learned what works and doesn't work for us, sometimes the hard way.

You are of course also welcome here to learn about DM and get an idea of what may be happening to your daughter. The more people educate themselves about DM the better for your daughter and all Persons with Diabetes (PWD).

Ask questions here. I firmly believe (and most of the folks here seem to also) that the ONLY "dumb", "stupid" or "foolish" question is a sincere question whicn is not asked.

I pray for strength for you and your daughter

and May God's richest blessings be to you and yours.


James Baker