There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in young adults. people with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin daily to live to regulate their blood sugar. Since the pancreas can no longer produce insulin, Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, but it occurs most often in children and young adults. A person with diabetes must manage this chronic illness all the time, including during the school day.
These key tips can help high school or college students on how they can succeed at final exams whilst keeping their diabetes under control.
Create a diabetes management plan with the school
A student with diabetes has different needs, but school plans developed for such students is likely to go a long way in helping a student succeed at final exams. These may include dealing with the emotional and social aspects of living with diabetes. Emotional and social aspects if not well controlled may affect the diabetic student negatively. A student may need assistance with giving insulin and checking blood sugar levels, and may need to eat snacks in the classroom. Having a plan helps a student and school workers manage diabetes in school and especially during exam period.
Check for necessary diabetes supplies
During exam periods, a student needs access to supplies to manage diabetes and to treat any episodes of high or low blood sugar. Ensure you have
enough supplies of test strips, a pump or meter battery, glucose tablets or other fast-acting glucose snacks used to treat low sugar levels.
Eat healthy foods
Establishing good eating habits plays a huge role. A healthy meal helps a student stay focused and active especially during examination periods. A student should not skip meals and they should try to eat at the same times each day. Besides, observing a healthy diet has other numerous health benefits to an individual, with keeping away chronic diseases being one of the biggest benefit. Depending on the type of diabetes you are suffering from, there are certain foods that must be included in your diet while others are are to be avoided completely. Consulting a nutritionist helps you get a clear understanding of what your diet should be composed of.
There Is Hope In A Healthy Lifestyle
It is so unfortunate that diabetes is no longer a condition for the elderly but, it is also affecting our young generation. However, this should not be a cause for alarm as there are medications and certain habits that can be adapted to help children with diabetes. Remember that, for a student with diabetes, the best way to ensure that school is a happy and safe place and that one is successful during examination is by talking to the relevant parties and preventing problems before they arise. This ensures that diabetes does not become a barrier to a bright career.