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Teens With Type 1 Diabetes

The challenges of type 1 diabetes
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Exercise is important for managing 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

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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

Who should not use NovoLog®?

Do not use NovoLog® if your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

What should I tell my health care provider before taking NovoLog®?

About all of your medical conditions, including liver, kidney, or heart problems.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan to do either.
About all prescription and nonprescription medicines you take, including supplements, as your dose may need to change.

How should I take NovoLog®?

Eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes after using NovoLog®, a fast-acting insulin, to avoid low blood sugar. Do not inject NovoLog® if you do not plan to eat right after your injection or bolus pump infusion.
Do not mix NovoLog® with any other insulin when used in a pump or with any insulin other than NPH when used with injections by syringe.
Do not change your dose or type of insulin unless you are told to by your health care provider.
Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes.
Check your blood sugar levels as directed by your health care provider.

What should I consider while using NovoLog®?

Alcohol, including beer and wine, may affect your blood sugar.
Be careful when driving a car or operating machinery. You may have difficulty concentrating or reacting if you have low blood sugar. Talk to your health care provider if you often have low blood sugar or no warning signs of low blood sugar.

What are the possible side effects of NovoLog®?

Low blood sugar, including when too much is taken. Some symptoms include sweating, shakiness, confusion, and headache. Severe low blood sugar can cause unconsciousness, seizures, and death.
Serious allergic reactions may occur. Get medical help right away, if you develop a rash over your whole body, have trouble breathing, a fast heartbeat, or sweating.
Other side effects include injection site reactions (like redness, swelling, and itching), skin thickening or pits at the injection site, swelling of your hands and feet, if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs) possible heart failure, vision changes, low potassium in your blood, and weight gain.

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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If you need assistance with prescription drug costs, help may be available. Visit pparx.org or call 1-888-4PPA-NOW.

Selected Important Safety Information

What are the possible side effects of NovoLog®?

• Low blood sugar, including when too much is taken. Some symptoms include sweating, shakiness, confusion, and headache. Severe low blood sugar can cause unconsciousness, seizures, and death.

• Other side effects include injection site reactions (like redness, swelling, and itching), skin thickening or pits at the injection site, swelling of your hands and feet, if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs) possible heart failure, vision changes, low potassium in your blood, and weight gain.

Please click here for additional Important Safety Information

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