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My son is 15 and his blood sugar is out of control any suggestions?

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He was diagnosed two years ago and he has such a poor attitude on life. I’m struggling with the teen age problems as well as trying to get him to control his numbers. He constantly has to be reminded to check himself and when I do he smarts off to me. When I’m not around to remind him he always forgets. The Doctor he last saw was very agree and said she would not waste her time with someone who doesn’t want to take care of himself. The sugar is already affecting his bones. Any suggestions on how I can get him to see the light? Many family and friends have repeatedly tell him what the results of him not taking care of himself would be. I see him dying at an early early age and it tears me apart. HELP!!!

My husband has had diabetes since he was 3 years old…he is now 28……..He has a insulin pump..He has had it since he was 17…..ask your Dr about one…they are wonderful….
Also is on a low carb intake or known as the Adkins diet…..its a diabetic Diet……. Regular exercise is also needed for a young adult…………..

Also….Keep there diet the same though out the week….like same thing every morning to eat…..Eggs and a meat are always good in the morning….stay aways from breads…they turn into sugar……

My husband has had a great attitude about being a diabetic…. He has over come the situation….He is now a wonderful tax attorney.With is own law office….He loves to read ,write, study…Hes now taking his master of law…… You can always turn a bad situation into a good one……You just have to keep there hopes running high and let your son know that nothing can stop him …even diabetes…..
As a mother you know you have to let your son know this this is controllable..And he’ll need your help…..and if it is controlled he will live a better and longer life……….I thank god that my husband has a wonderful mother that took such good care of him as a child …that he is doing so good now as a young adult.
Best of luck….

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  1. Key-Key

    September 23, 2009

    get help NOW
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  2. Galaxy

    September 24, 2009

    I think it’s got to the point now when only shock tactics will work. Ask your doctor for information leaflets etc, they will have links to websites with pictures of what can happen to diabetics if they do not control their blood sugar. I’m sure he’s aware of the risks (foot, eye, kidney diseases, erectile dysfunction etc.) but there’s nothing like pictures or speaking to someone who knows the consequences of poor blood glucose control first hand.
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  3. mawccukkaah

    September 24, 2009

    start him on the south beach diet that will start to control his sugar level. read on Dr, Ted Broer Books.
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  4. Steviemarie

    September 24, 2009

    My husband has had diabetes since he was 3 years old…he is now 28……..He has a insulin pump..He has had it since he was 17…..ask your Dr about one…they are wonderful….
    Also is on a low carb intake or known as the Adkins diet…..its a diabetic Diet……. Regular exercise is also needed for a young adult…………..

    Also….Keep there diet the same though out the week….like same thing every morning to eat…..Eggs and a meat are always good in the morning….stay aways from breads…they turn into sugar……

    My husband has had a great attitude about being a diabetic…. He has over come the situation….He is now a wonderful tax attorney.With is own law office….He loves to read ,write, study…Hes now taking his master of law…… You can always turn a bad situation into a good one……You just have to keep there hopes running high and let your son know that nothing can stop him …even diabetes…..
    As a mother you know you have to let your son know this this is controllable..And he’ll need your help…..and if it is controlled he will live a better and longer life……….I thank god that my husband has a wonderful mother that took such good care of him as a child …that he is doing so good now as a young adult.
    Best of luck….
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  5. chick-a-dee

    September 24, 2009

    Does he play sports? If he does tell him to drink 2 gallons of water before the game. I do that it keeps my number perfect.

    Have you talked to your doctor about a pump? It helped me and it’s way nicer than shots.
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    Me, I have diabetes

  6. hrblfmayn

    September 24, 2009

    A couple of suggestions, first take him to visit a hospital or clinic and expose him to the dangers of diabetes, next find out if there is a Diabetes support group in your area and take him. Expose him to others who have both failed to take the disease seriously and those who live a normal life yet control the diabetes.

    Another suggestion would be to look at a meal plan that is not only good for him but fun, easy, tasty and quick

    Additionally involve the whole family, controlling sugar intake and weight management are key to controlling diabetes and also good fro everyone
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  7. EZ

    September 24, 2009

    I’ve been diabetic for 33 yrs and using an insulin pump for 18 years. My health is perfect and my eyesight recently changed last year when tested to find out I don’t need glasses for driving anymore. I straightened out 19 yrs ago after an auto accident when I became hypoglycemic and could of killed myself but remembered nothing. Now to get your son to wake up….. Ask if his friends are getting their driving licenses soon. Is he planning to get a license too. Tell him if he doesn’t control his sugar and has a severe accident he may lose the license to drive. If he wants to drive like his friends, he needs to be healthy and manage his diabetes and to start working on it now. No car no freedom, if he blows it he will have to use his bicycle or have mommy take him around. That might get him thinking..
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  8. anjelkake

    September 24, 2009

    I think your son is immune to all the ‘scare tactics’ now is probably an imperitave time to get him involved with a support group for diabetics. I can’t believe your doctor did not suggest this. Having any disease is a huge blow to one’s self esteem, and causes major despression- which so often leads to comfort eating. He needs more compassion, he is at a really sensitive stage in life; did you know a teen aged male has 3 times the testosterone level as a grown male? You know what it’s like each month getting a hormone rush to you emotions, try to sympathize, and not criticize. That alone will help, but you need a lot of patience, so be ready to let his anger and hurt roll off your back in the name of love. Again, try an internet search for diabetes support groups. good luck
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  9. Dx

    September 24, 2009

    Don’t give up, you must stay active with him. Give him a goal. My Sugar was way out of control. Once the doctor told me the best way to get control is exercise and diet. He told me I was a candidate for the insulin Pump, but I need to take my sugar readings & keep a dairy for food intack for 2 weeks. This motivated me to get healthy. Now on the pump, it has given my life back, I’m in the gym, I running, any playing more with my son. Bottem line:Don’t give up!! Good Luck, Dx.
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    http://www.minimed.com/pumptherapy/diabetescontrol/

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    September 24, 2009

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  11. Eileen_in_LV

    September 24, 2009

    There are a few really good suggestions by previous posters.

    Denial is a terrible thing…and will eventually take it’s toll on your son. I agree that "scare tactics" are probably not going to work…I’m talking about verbal threats and people yelling at him to do what is right, or he’ll die. Being only 15, he has the same idea of life as all of the other boys that age. They are immortal and nothing can hurt them. Your son is being told differently and he just doesn’t believe it.

    When I was first diagnosed in 1961, I was 11. I was in a ward at the hospital with 4 other women. Two of those women were leaving the hospital with NO FEET. Their diabetes was so out of control that they were both having their feet amputated because of gangrene. I’ll tell you WHAT! Seeing those ladies and hearing their stories put me RIGHT with what I was dealing with. My feet are in great shape at 56 and I will NEVER let the diabetes do that to me!

    One of the posters mentioned the insulin pump. I’ve been through it all, and was up to 4 shots a day until I finally got my own pump. I use a Medtronics Minimed insulin pump and it is the BEST thing I’ve done for my diabetes! Also, because it is such a technological wonder, it may interest your son because of it’s little computer and fascinating workings. I love telling people about mine…makes me feel kind of special and people are always very interested in how it works, etc. Maybe this would make your son feel special if he knew he was using equipment that is interesting and amazing that makes his diabetes easier to control.

    One thing that I tell young people who are just now dealing with being told they are diabetic…"be thankful…we are on the brink of a cure. All you have to do is be patient and do what you can to control the diabetes. You will be thankful for that when they come up with a way to make you better and you haven’t let eveything get so bad that you CAN’T be cured." Diabetes is no picnic, but he can live a long and happy life. I wish I could talk to him…he just needs to talk to people who live with it and HAVE lived with it for a very long time. Maybe some encouragement would be the trick…maybe the bad news has just gotten to him.

    I don’t know…but good luck! And tell your son that he can do this. The diabetes can be controlled and he can feel good all of the time if he remembers that HE is in control of the situation. No one else can take care of him better then he can. We diabetics become very tuned in to ourselves and know, after years of experience, how to keep ourselves healthy. When I was in the hospital for surgery not too long ago, I told the nurses that I would handle my insulin pump and they didn’t have to worry about it. Told my doctor, too. They let me take care of ME the way I had been for years and the diabetes was fine.

    No one knows your son better than he does. Maybe he needs to feel REALLY BAD for awhile to realize that he doesn’t like feeling that way anymore. That may do it, huh?
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    45 years living with Type I diabetes…

  12. J

    September 24, 2009

    Few thoughts:
    1) Pump is GREAT for control problems.
    2) Teens are rapidly growing which makes control difficult.
    3) Teens want to fit in; finger sticks and shots make it hard to feel "fit in"
    4) A counsellor of some sort (or even a good friend who won’t make fun of him or make him feel wierd) may help him talk about his feelings about this issue
    5) If you know someone who has experienced the consequences of uncontrolled DM, they may be willing to talk to him

    Ultimately, it is he who needs to take control. If any of these suggestions helps, that’s great!
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    Diabetic since 17

  13. Guy R

    September 24, 2009

    he needs a diabetic mentor please live close to me would love to help, im 44 i have 4 sons, I could help….bribe him with an xbox
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  14. itskind2bcruel

    September 24, 2009

    at 15, your son is probably having difficulty accepting that he has a chronic illness and might be in denial. he could be scared too. he feels out of control and he may feel that he the only thing he can control is what he is doing; though, he doesn’t understand that by controlling his blood sugar that it will help him feel better overall. talk to him and encourage him to chat online with others who have this disease. when i was diagnosed, my whole family changed the way they ate, and we all became health conscious. we all started exercising. there is no need to eliminate starches and carbohydrates from one’s meal plan. they are important to one’s health. you should limit the serving sizes of carbohydrates and encourage your teen to eat high fiber, nutrient dense foods and have treats once in awhile. but only small servings. make sure he gets plenty of exercise and keeps hydrated. stress and illness can cause blood sugar to rise as well. visit a nutritionist to help him understand the importance of variety and serving control.
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