What diabetes facts should one know regarding school situations? This section will try to delve into this, keeping this goal in mind. And what is that goal? It is to help the students with diabetes succeed. With all the advances in diabetes management, hopefully this is not better said than done.
Let’s summarize what advances on diabetes facts have been made. Studies have proven that relentlessly testing and lowering glucose levels can stop or delay the complications diabetes can cause. They have also created an assortment of treatment paraphernalia to make it easier for people to check their sugar levels in order to manage them.
What do these diabetes facts mean for the young people with diabetes? They will be able to manage their glucose levels and in so doing stop or delay the onset of complications. Furthermore, they will lead a happier and healthier life thus become more productive in school and other settings.
Of course, they will need an accommodating environment in school. This is where the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) came in. They produced a guide for school personnel to inform them of diabetes facts like how it is managed and how they can help the students with diabetes.
How did the NDEP do this? They assembled together an expert board consisting of representatives from health care professionals like the pediatric medicine practitioners, federal agency staff and educational societies to help develop a guide on diabetes facts for school personnel so they will know how to meet the needs of the diabetic students.
With the diabetes facts contained in this guide, the schools will be able to provide a safe environment for the diabetic students. In this way, too, these students will not be left out of the educational opportunities available for the students who do not have diabetes.
Now, let’s look at some statistics first. Diabetes is one of the most frequent chronic diseases in schools. It has an effect on about 151,000 young people in the United States. That translates to one in every 400 to 500 youth under the age of 20.
Type 1 diabetes is the diagnosis for 13,000 young people every year. And now even though Type 2 diabetes is commonly detected in adults over 50 years of age, it looks like more and more children are diagnosed with this ailment.
The video below is a story about 37 children and their battle with Type 1 Diabetes. You should see them; they're all so cute. And they're such happy kids. What do you think of the music? Despite the message, it sounded upbeat to me.
Since we know that diabetes is chronic and damages the body’s ability to utilize food for energy, it follows that to neglect it will do much harm. This will lead to complications that could be prevented or at least delayed them. There is no cure but it can be managed to allow for a healthy life.
The trouble is, the diabetes facts tell us that it takes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to manage diabetes. What does this mean for schools? It means allowing for watchful checking of the glucose levels throughout the school day and administering insulin.
So you see from this that school staff have a very important role in helping students with their diabetes management. This is vital in the prevention of complications and the safety and long-term health of students with diabetes. This will make sure these students are ready to learn and take part in school activities. Most of all, the effort should lessen the occurrence of emergencies related to diabetes. These diabetes facts therefore cannot be ignored.
Senator Charles E. Schumer said that the mounting problem from diseases linked to high blood pressure and obesity must be faced in all fronts including the schools. Contents in the vending machines in schools must be regulated and promoting programs to increase physical activity must be encouraged.
Among the plan of action he introduced to fight the disease are the following:
. Creating a campaign to encourage awareness in children on the importance of healthy lifestyles.
. Setting up a national nutritional standards of food and drinks in schools.
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