Blog posts by Allison Pollock, MD

Type 1 Diabetes 101

If you, a friend or a loved one recently had a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you know how overwhelming this time can be. There is a lot to learn very quickly while coping with a big life change for the entire family.

One of the most important things I tell families of patients newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is that they are not alone, and I hope they’ll find friends, neighbors and family members who will support you when they find out what you’re going through. Many communities have a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) chapter and/or an American Diabetes Association (ADA) chapter that can help connect families of newly diagnosed patients to other families experiencing life with type 1 diabetes. Patient families can ask their diabetes healthcare team for information about health psychology which can help everyone cope with the new type 1 diabetes diagnosis and learn more about how this will affect their lives.

Here are some “nuts and bolts” about diabetes that may help families, friends, teachers and babysitters who want to learn more about diabetes and how they can help.

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Type 1 Diabetes and Foot Health

After an especially long winter, it’s finally time to enjoy the warmer weather, get out the flip flops, and enjoy the great outdoors! It’s also a common time for kids and families with diabetes to ask questions about foot health. Many of us know someone who suffers from diabetic neuropathy, a complication of diabetes. Thankfully, it’s rare for kids with diabetes to have foot problems, but it’s a good time of year to pay more attention to their feet and learn how to prevent problems down the road.

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Learning About Your Care: Diabetes Homework

Diabetes HomeworkWe see kids in the American Family Children’s Hospital Pediatric Diabetes Clinic about every three months, from the time they are diagnosed, until they transition to an adult endocrinologist. Ideally, by that time, they are comfortable and independent with their diabetes care. However, the path to independence is different for every child and family, and it is our goal to provide tools that facilitate this individualized process along the way.

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