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Diabetes And You At School

Written and created by Aetna InteliHealth, with medical review by Aetna pediatrician Richard Rosen, M.D.

It can be tough to handle your class work and manage your diabetes, too. Your school day includes blood checks, insulin injections, snacks and occasional problems such as low sugar.

But remember that you're not alone. U.S. law says that the school staff should help you manage your diabetes and cope with emergencies. You and your doctor should provide the school with a written plan spelling out the details. You can use these forms from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a plan.

As you get older, you may want to play a bigger role in managing your diabetes. Work with your parents and your school to create an updated plan.

Help is also available for the staff at your school. If they don't know about it, tell your principal and school nurse about a brochure from the NIH's National Diabetes Education Program. For more information about the brochure, your school nurse can go to their website.

The brochure also includes some checklists for you. Maybe some of these ideas are new to you, or maybe not. In either case, here's a review.

Last updated January 25, 2010




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