Now that children are back to school, do you plan to educate teachers and school staff on CGM?


Back-to-School Tips

Bookbags, folders, calculators, and summer reading assignments: For kids with diabetes and their parents, these typical back-to-school preparations are just the beginning. By now you’ve probably already met with your child’s diabetes care provider and school personnel. But there are other important steps you can take to make sure your child stays safe at school:

1. Make sure you have a current Diabetes Medical Management Plan (DMMP)

Work with your diabetes care provider to create this plan that spells out your child’s school diabetes care regimen, if you haven’t already. “What are the child’s typical symptoms of hypoglycemia? What snacks does he or she use to treat it? Can the child give his or her own injections?” Download a sample plan. Meet with the school nurse or health care aide to to review the DMMP and understand how it will be implemented.

2. Write up a 504 Plan or Individualized Education Program (IEP)

These plans take the information in the DMMP and explain the school’s specific responsibilities. They are developed to protect your child’s rights under relevant federal laws. One thing the plan addresses is who else should be trained to provide diabetes care tasks for your child when the school nurse is not available. Younger or newly diagnosed children will generally need more help. Your list should include the school bus driver, the teacher, anyone responsible at after-school activities or field trips. Find more about 504 plans and download a sample plan and learn more about IEPs.

3. Don’t forget the lows

Be sure to have a “low box” containing snacks and glucagon with your child, in the classroom, and in the nurse’s office, based on what you’ve outlined in your care plan. Provide your child with sources of quick-acting glucose, like tabs or juice or whatever he or she uses to treat low blood sugar.

4. Build up your child’s confidence

Giving kids a little more independence at home—like teaching them to check their own blood glucose, if they’re ready for it—will give them the confidence that they can take care of themselves when you’re not with them, too.

5. Listen—and reassure

The start of school is an emotional time for everyone. Reassure your child that you’ve met with the school and they are safe.

Kris Freeman Takes on “The Great Adventure Challenge”

Kris Freeman is an Olympic endurance athlete with Type 1 diabetes. He has visited over 150 summer camps over the years since he was diagnosed to speak to children with diabetes and inspire them to run with their dreams.

Kris Freeman is an Olympic endurance athlete with Type 1 diabetes. He has visited over 150 summer camps over the years since he was diagnosed to speak to children with diabetes and inspire them to run with their dreams.

New Hampshire native and Olympic cross-country skier Kris Freeman is changing the face of Type 1 diabetes, one race at a time. At only 34 years old, Kris has an impressive number of accomplishments under his belt, including competing in the last four winter Olympics and winning 17 national championships.

On August 15, Kris participated in The Great Adventure Challenge at Pleasant Mountain in Bridgton, Maine. The triathlon involves 2.5 miles of kayaking, 16 miles of mountain biking and concludes with a 2-mile hike up and down Shawnee Peak, challenging participants to a grueling 1300-foot change in elevation. This year, Kris set a new course record, finishing in just over one hour and 49 minutes.

Kris’s love of and talent for skiing was apparent at a very young age – he was skiing before he could walk. His passion persisted and, at age 19, Kris decided to walk away from a full scholarship at the University of Vermont to pursue his dream of becoming an Olympic cross-country skier.

Two months into training, Kris’s life changed forever after a routine blood test revealed twice the normal level of glucose. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and doctors insisted that his Olympic dream was over. No one with Type 1 diabetes had ever competed in an Olympic endurance sport.

However, Kris’s determination proved stronger than his disease, and two years later he made it to the Olympics.

Kris’s road to success has been facilitated in part by cutting-edge technology. Kris believes that this is by far the best time in history to live with diabetes, thanks to innovators like Dexcom that have empowered people to track and manage their disease.  Kris uses the Dexcom continuous glucose monitoring system, an invaluable tool to track his blood glucose levels. This is crucial, as blood sugar can spike due to adrenaline and stress while training and competing.

An advocate for people living with Type 1 diabetes, Kris has visited over 150 summer camps to speak to children with diabetes and inspire them to run with their dreams. His goal is simple: “I want to talk to them about what they can do, which is anything, in my opinion.”

People to Know 2015: Nick Jonas

People to Know 2015: Nick Jonas
You think you know Nick Jonas?Think again.Gone is the floppy-haired tween idol whose adorkable smile graced the bedroom walls of girls across the country. In his place is the beefed-up solo star whose flirty pout … well, graces the bedroom walls of girls across the country.Meet Nick Jonas, 2.0.He sings, though not with his brothers and not about pom-poms. He acts, though not in Disney song-and-dance flicks. He’s 23 and ready to be taken .

Diabetes and Technology

  Diabetes has grave social and economic implications for individuals and society. It is a huge challenge both in the developed world and in developing countries.Innovation and technology have transformed the lives of patients with diabetes.Diabetes was first documented as a condition in 1500 BC, in 1869 Paul Langerhans described the islet cells of the pancreas and in 1921 Frederick Banting and Charles Best discover insulin. Since then:1969 the first portable blood glucose meter was .

After Becoming Alphabet, Google Inks Another Healthcare Deal

As if Google’s big news weren’t enough, it was revealed today that Dexcom, a leading glucose-monitoring company, is partnering with the company’s Life Sciences group to make smaller, better devices for people with diabetes. Dexcom’s hope is that, by combining its own technology with miniaturized electronics from Google GOOGL +0.61%, “when we get through the development we’ll have something that is very, very low cost and very small,” says Dexcom vice president Steve Pacelli.The .

Hallie Addington. Learning through advocacy for Type I Diabetes

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How A Beauty Queen With Diabetes Found Her ‘Sugar Linings’

Last July, a photo changed Sierra Sandison’s life. She went onstage in the Miss Idaho pageant with an insulin pump clipped to her bikini bottom. The photo and the #ShowMeYourPump hashtag she created went viral on social media and became NPR’s most popular online story of the year.By the time the Twin Falls native walked the runway at the Miss America pageant in September with the insulin pump again clipped on her bikini, Sandison .

Reegan’s Rule Clears Legislative Hurdle

A bill to make Type 1 diabetes screening more common has made progress in the North Carolina legislature, but language that would have mandated screening has been removed from the legislation.The North Carolina House of Representatives voted 111 to 6 to pass a bill known as Reegan’s Rule, which encourages well-child medical practitioners to educate parents of newborns and toddlers about the warning signs of diabetes. While the bill has advanced, a requirement to .