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  1. tmana
    tmana December 2, 2010 at 6:28 am | | Reply

    Excellent resources — and it sounds like something that is much needed!

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  3. susan f
    susan f December 3, 2010 at 9:57 am | | Reply

    One of the things lacking in teen diabetes education is frankness. What we really need is, “We know you might drink, so let’s talk about what that does to your blood sugars!”

    Where I went to school, alcohol was a very large part of our lives. But many kids are unprepared for the hours of lower blood sugars that you experience AFTER drinking. Going to bed at 120 is NOT okay if you’ve been drinking. Temp basals, a good roommate, and/or a snack is essential.

    It’s a taboo topic, but it is frankly too dangerous of a topic to NOT discuss.

    In my experience, many support groups are very regimented – presentations by CDE’s, doctor’s and pump companies simply don’t go there. I hope these groups can avoid being too structured to allow for discussion of topics like this :)

  4. AngelaC
    AngelaC December 3, 2010 at 11:40 am | | Reply

    Thank you for this, Amy! I’m glad to see people are taking an interest in helping college students with diabetes connect with one another! I was in a doctoral program when I was diagnosed, and I really could have benefitted from getting to know someone who knew the diabetes “ropes”. I hope both these programs do well!

  5. Lori
    Lori December 8, 2010 at 10:02 pm | | Reply

    As a parent of a high school sophomore with type 1, I am excited to read about these resources. I agree with Susan above about the topic of alcohol. I want a CDE to talk to my daughter about how to deal with drinking and diabetes. If she chooses not to drink in college, then more power to her! But I have heard of too many diabetes-related deaths due to drinking, and I want to make sure she knows how to care for herself.

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