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Actions For The Student With Diabetes

The National Institutes Of Health's National Diabetes Education Program

  • Find out who is on the school health team — the people who will be helping you with your diabetes care. Know how to contact them if you need help.

  • Participate in the school meeting to talk about your diabetes management plan and your health care and education plans.

  • Always wear a medical alert ID and carry a fast-acting source of glucose as recommended by your health care team.

  • Tell your teachers and other school staff members if you feel symptoms of low or high blood glucose, especially if you need help.

  • Work with school health team members if you need help checking your blood glucose, getting insulin, or eating the right amount of food at the right time during the school day.

  • Take charge of your diabetes care at school, as allowed in your health care and education plans. You may be responsible for these diabetes care tasks:
    • Checking and writing down blood glucose levels
    • Figuring out the right insulin dose you need
    • Giving yourself insulin
    • Throwing away needles, lancets, and other supplies you have used in a proper container or taking them home with you according to your written care plans
    • Eating meals and snacks as planned
    • Treating low blood sugar with a quick-acting glucose product
    • Figuring out the carbohydrate (carb) content of food
    • Carrying diabetes equipment and supplies with you at all times
Things You Need To Know
  1. What your health care and education plans say about the help you will receive to manage your diabetes, which people at school will help you, and what is expected of you
  2. Who to contact and what to do when your blood glucose is too low or too high or you are not feeling well
  3. When you should check your blood glucose levels, give yourself insulin, have a snack, and eat lunch, and who to ask for help
  4. Where your daily and emergency diabetes supplies are stored, if you don't carry them, and who to contact when you need to use them, or when you need help
Last updated September 22, 2011