Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - What Increases Your Risk
Risk factors for very high or
low blood sugar levels in a child with
type 1 diabetes include:
Age. Very young children are at the greatest risk for very low
blood sugar, because they are often not able to communicate symptoms.
Tight blood sugar control. Although keeping your child's blood
sugar levels tightly within a
target range is important, this puts
him or her at risk for frequent low blood sugar levels.
Persistent high blood sugar levels. Children who have persistent
high blood sugar, indicated by higher hemoglobin A1c test results, are at
greater risk for
diabetic ketoacidosis than children with lower
Growth spurts and changing
hormone levels that occur during puberty make it
difficult to keep a child's blood sugar level within a target range.
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If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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