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Type 1 Diabetes Management for Adolescents

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What do I need to know about managing type 1 diabetes?

As you get older, you will be able to manage your own health. You may be away from home more often. You may spend more time with your friends or be involved in sports. When you manage your blood sugar levels, you will feel well and be able to enjoy your activities. Your diabetes care team providers can show you how to fit diabetes care into your schedule. Adults, such as your parents and care team providers, are available to help you as you become more active in your diabetes care.

Why may I still need diabetes education?

Your needs and wants change as you get older. Diabetes education will help you continue to manage type 1 diabetes, make changes to your plan, and prevent complications. As you get older, you may be able to do diabetes education on your phone or computer. Diabetes education can help you continue learning about the following:

What do I need to know about high blood sugar levels?

High blood sugar levels may not cause any symptoms. You may feel more thirsty than usual or urinate more often than usual. You may need to check for ketones in your urine or blood if your level is higher than directed. Ask your care team provider when and how to check for ketones. High blood sugar levels that are not controlled can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). This is a serious condition that can become life-threatening.

What do I need to know about low blood sugar levels?

You can prevent symptoms such as shakiness, dizziness, irritability, or confusion by preventing your blood sugar level from going too low.

What can I do to manage my blood sugar levels?

What else can I do to manage type 1 diabetes?

What do I need to know about diabetes and pregnancy?

If you are female, talk to your care team provider about how to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. While you can have a safe pregnancy with diabetes, it is important to plan your pregnancy. Healthcare providers can help you have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Tell your care team provider immediately if you are pregnant or think you are pregnant.

Have someone call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my doctor or diabetes care team provider?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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