Let’s be real: high school is stressful. Keeping up with grades, keeping up friends, keeping up with life. Yet there are the very few who have an added stress in their life. It’s called Type 1 diabetes, a condition where you have to watch you blood sugars, sugar consumption and what you eat on a day-to-day basis.
If you’re a Type 1 diabetic, your body does not produce insulin (what keeps your sugar stable). Depending on how much you eat a day is how many shots you will have to take a day. It’s like you are on a diet every day of your life. If you eat and take too much insulin, then your sugar will get low and that can be very dangerous. You will always know when your sugar gets low because you will get very hot and dizzy. If you don’t get your sugar up in time, then you could pass out. Most teens with this condition won’t tell their friends about it, so when their sugar gets low, friends may not know what to do. Honestly, it is a simple fix. Juice or crackers with peanut butter will bring someone’s sugar up in about 15 minutes.
It’s always nice to have someone help you when things get stressful, so if you’re a friend of someone who is a diabetic, keep these three things in mind:
1. Know what to do if someone’s sugar gets low.
2. Always keep crackers, juice or something with sugar in it to give to a friend with low sugar.
3. Last but not least, stay calm. The more you know what to do, the more you can help!