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Teens With Type 1 Diabetes

The challenges of type 1 diabetes
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Teenagers and young adults are in the process of taking full responsibility for their own health care. As adults, they will have to practice diabetes self-management and make more decisions about their own health care needs. Parents, and the rest of the family, can help make the transition to adult health care a smooth one.

Feelings and stress

Everyone has a bad day once in a while, and having diabetes may make bad days seem worse. There are many teens dealing with diabetes every day. Most of the time, they're no problem to deal with. But sometimes they may feel sad, angry, or afraid.

Diabetes may make teens feel alone and different. They may be teased at school for being overweight, or for having to use insulin during school hours. They may blame themselves or their family for their diabetes. Almost everyone with diabetes has felt this way at some point in life.

Communication

Keep the lines of communication open. Simply speaking to someone makes it easier to know when something is wrong. Communication is a two-way street. It is the best way to help and to be helped. Teens should be able to talk to family members, friends in the neighborhood or at school, a teacher or guidance counselor, or a doctor or diabetes educator.

Friends

As teenagers grow more independent, they will need to make choices when it comes to friendship. It may be difficult for teens when friends do not understand diabetes. Teens should be able to explain diabetes to their friends without fear of teasing. Choosing friends who offer understanding and support is important. It may be helpful to meet new friends who also have diabetes. Clinics and hospitals often have support groups for teens with diabetes. There are also summer camps for teens who need to lose weight or who have diabetes.

Family support

Support from the rest of the family is important. It is helpful for the family to choose to eat healthy foods. It may also be helpful for the whole family to be active together. This can help everyone get exercise, relax, and lower stress. Remember, things that are healthy for people with diabetes are also healthy for everyone in the family.

Goals

It is a good idea for teens to get involved in decisions about diabetes care. Setting a goal is a good way to start. Goals may start small, such as the decision to drink fewer regular sodas. After the first goal is reached, the next goal may be a little harder. Whenever a goal is accomplished, there could be a small reward.

For more support

For more support, sign up for Cornerstones4Care.com. You'll get ongoing support, tips, and tools for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and their caregivers. Sign up now.

Indications and Usage

What is NovoLog® (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection)?

  • NovoLog® is a man-made insulin used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes mellitus.

Important Safety Information for NovoLog®

Who should not take NovoLog®?

Do not take NovoLog® if:

  • your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

Before taking NovoLog®, tell your health care provider about all your medical conditions including, if you are:

  • pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • taking new prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including supplements.

Talk to your health care provider about how to manage low blood sugar.

How should I take NovoLog®?

  • Read the Instructions for Use and take exactly as directed.
  • NovoLog® is fast-acting. Eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes after taking it.
  • Know the type and strength of your insulin. Do not change your insulin type unless your health care provider tells you to.
  • Check your blood sugar levels. Ask your health care provider what your blood sugar levels should be and when you should check them.
  • Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes. You may give or get an infection from another person.

What should I avoid while taking NovoLog®?

  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery, until you know how NovoLog® affects you.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that contain alcohol.

What are the possible side effects of NovoLog®?

Serious side effects can lead to death, including:

Low blood sugar. Some signs and symptoms include:

  • anxiety, irritability, mood changes, dizziness, sweating, confusion, and headache.

Your insulin dose may need to change because of:

  • weight gain or loss, increased stress, illness, or change in diet or level of physical activity.

Other common side effects may include:

  • low potassium in your blood, injection site reactions, itching, rash, serious whole body allergic reactions, skin thickening or pits at the injection site, weight gain, and swelling of your hands and feet and if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs) possible heart failure.

Get emergency medical help if you have:

  • trouble breathing, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, swelling of your face, tongue, or throat, sweating, extreme drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion.

For more information, please click here for complete NovoLog® Prescribing Information.

NovoLog® is a prescription medicine.

Talk to your doctor about the importance of diet and exercise in your treatment plan.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Selected Important Safety Information

Who should not take NovoLog®?

Do not take NovoLog® if:

  • your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

How should I take NovoLog®?

  • Read the Instructions for Use and take exactly as directed.
  • NovoLog® is fast-acting. Eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes after taking it.
  • Know the type and strength of your insulin. Do not change your insulin type unless your health care provider tells you to.
  • Check your blood sugar levels. Ask your health care provider what your blood sugar levels should be and when you should check them.
  • Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes. You may give or get an infection from another person.

Please click here for additional Important Safety Information

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