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Type 2 Diabetes Management for Adolescents

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about type 2 diabetes management?

Type 2 diabetes management means you control your blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes complications. 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. Type 2 diabetes management will help you feel well and enjoy your daily activities. Your diabetes care team providers can show you how to fit diabetes care into your schedule. Your plan can change over time to fit your needs. 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 your 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?

A high blood sugar level may not cause any symptoms. It may cause you to feel more thirsty or urinate more often than usual. Over time, high blood sugar levels can damage your nerves, blood vessels, tissues, and organs.

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

You can prevent symptoms of a low blood sugar level by preventing your blood sugar level from going too low. Symptoms may include feeling shaky, dizzy, irritable, or confused. Do the following to prevent or manage low blood sugar levels:

What can I do to manage my blood sugar levels?

What else can I do to manage type 2 diabetes?

What do I need to know about diabetes and pregnancy?

Talk to your diabetes care team providers about how to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. While you can have a safe pregnancy with diabetes, it is important to plan your pregnancy. Your providers can help you have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Tell your providers 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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