In the United States alone, there are over 200,000 kids with diabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control. If not well managed, diabetes can cause a lot of health problems, but if you and your child are good about keeping their symptoms in check, your child can live a healthy and normal life.

Diabetes is a disease in which blood sugar isn’t being absorbed into the cells of the body because either the body isn’t making a chemical called insulin, or it is being produced but the body is unable to use it.

Adults and kids with diabetes need to monitor what they eat and the amount of exercise they get because if the blood sugar levels get too high it can cause serious illness and even death.

Although diabetes is a serious condition, there are a few things that kids can do to keep their symptoms in check.

  • check blood sugar levels often
  • give themselves insulin shots as needed
  • eat healthy
  • exercise daily
  • regularly check in with their doctor to monitor any changes in health

With a little discipline and guidance from a doctor, kids with diabetes can enjoy their childhood happy and healthy.