Helping kids be active in ways that are right for their age, from the time they’re very small to when they become adults, is important. Studies show that children with type 1 diabetes who are not active at all (sedentary) tend to have higher A1CA1CA test that gives you a picture of your average blood sugar level over the past 2 to 3 months. The results show how well your diabetes is being controlled. The A1C test does this by measuring the amount of sugar (glucose) that has attached to the hemoglobin in your red blood cells. More sugar (glucose) means a higher A1C. levels than their more active peers.
Other important information to remember:
Watch closely for low blood sugar. If you’re looking after infants or toddlers, check their blood sugarBlood sugarOr blood glucose. The main sugar (glucose) found in the blood, and the body’s main source of energy. often. Children this age may not be able to tell you if they feel low blood sugar symptoms
Limit screen time. Many experts say to limit TV or computer fun time to less than 2 hours per day
Progress counts. You can start small and build up to the recommended time. Even kids who go from being completely inactive to doing half of the activity they should can still get some health benefts
You may feel your child or teen is not active enough. But you don’t want to nag them too much and make it a bad experience. So, here are some ways to get them off the couch and out moving—in a way that makes it seem like fun, not work.
Nearly all brisk exercise lasting 30 minutes or more (such as a gym class at school or a football match) will mean adjusting your child’s food intake and/or insulin dose.
What to ask the diabetes care team before your child gets active:
Before making any changes to your child’s treatment plan, talk to their diabetes care teamDiabetes care teamYour diabetes care team may include: a primary care doctor, a diabetes and hormone doctor (endocrinologist), a registered nurse, a diabetes educator, a dietician, a heart doctor (cardiologist), a foot doctor (podiatrist), an eye doctor (ophthalmologist/optometrist), a kidney doctor (nephrologist), a dentist, a pharmacist, and a mental health professional. . They will let you know what your child should eat and teach you how to adjust the insulin dose based on his or her activities.
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