- blood glucose (BG) testing supplies
- pump and/or continuous glucose monitor (CGM) supplies
- ketone testing strips
- glucose tablets or fast-acting sugar to treat low BG
- a medical ID card (your child should always wear a medical ID bracelet)
- day and night phone numbers for your D-team
- all your contact numbers
- snacks like peanut butter and crackers
- first aid kit
- anti-diarrhea pills
- anti-nausea drugs
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What diabetes supplies should I include in my child's travel kit?
American Diabetes Association answeredBe sure to pack twice the amount of diabetes supplies that you think your child will need while on a trip. Your packing list should include:
How can I help my family support my dietary changes related to my diabetes?
American Diabetes Association answered
Open communication will help. Explain that you are not going on a diet and you are not going to force your family into meager eating conditions. The eating recommendations for people with diabetes are basically guidelines for healthy eating.
The key is getting your family’s input. No one likes to be forced into doing something they don’t like to do. Your family can also help with your eating plan. For many people, this is the most difficult adjustment to make after being diagnosed with diabetes.
You may want to change some of the foods you eat and when you eat them. It will help you tremendously if the members of your family are willing to accommodate your new plan.
Common Meal Conflicts
- If you’re trying to lose weight, you may need to eat smaller portions of certain foods or to avoid some high-calorie foods that your family enjoys. If sticking with your meal plan gnaws at your willpower, ask your family not to eat these foods in front of you, to have them less often, or to not always keep them in the house.
- Your family may object to eating different food and may resent eating on schedule.
Always remember that eating well for diabetes is not really a special diet, it just means eating sensibly. Whether you have diabetes or not, eating large amounts of sugar, fats, and salt isn’t good for your health.
If I have diabetes, what symptoms might indicate a heart attack?
Baptist Health South Florida answeredResearch suggests that about 25% of heart attacks are “silent,” either with no symptoms or symptoms that are not usually associated with a heart attack. But new research suggests that number may be even higher, especially in people who have diabetes, a major risk factor for heart disease.
Doctors don’t know why some patients get sweaty, with crushing chest pain, while others may feel nothing at all, says Abbe Rosenbaum, MD, a cardiologist at South Miami Heart Center. But they do know that people with diabetes are more likely to be among those who do not have classic symptoms. "Diabetes can alter pain perception,” says Jonathan Roberts, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute. “Many people with diabetes can step on a rock and not feel it because of peripheral neuropathy. The same can be true of the nerves that warn of a heart attack.”
Dr. Rosenbaum says that while some patients say they had no symptoms at all, many, “if questioned very carefully, did have symptoms of some kind.” “Maybe instead of an elephant on the chest, you just have an uncomfortable feeling like you’ve never had before,” says Dr. Roberts. “Maybe an unusual chest pain, bad indigestion, or a feeling of doom, or aching or vomiting or flu-like symptoms." "It’s tricky,” he says. “People should not be running to the emergency room at every little symptom, but any chest pain should be checked out. Beyond that, it is a good idea to report any unusual symptoms to your doctor and let him or her determine if a visit to the emergency room or to a cardiologist is a good idea.”
Dr. Rosenbaum says it is very important to know if you’ve had a heart attack, even if there were no symptoms. "The presence of a first heart attack alters treatment dramatically,” she says. “Treatment improves survival.”
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