Hi, I'm Lenny the Lion! Just like you, I have Insulin Dependent diabetes and I'm here to be your friend and give you some great ways to look after yourself.
There are loads of other kids with Insulin Dependent diabetes too, so you're never alone. You can still have fun and you'll find lots of cool tips here.
It's a great idea to let your friends, classmates and teachers know that you have Insulin Dependent diabetes. This way, everyone can look out for you at school and understand that you may have to eat at particular times, before or after sport and even during an exam. Make sure whoever packs your lunch, puts your stickers on your lunchbox, so you know how many carbs you're having at recess and lunch.
Read more about telling your friends and managing diabetes at school.
You probably know that counting carbs is super important when you have Insulin Dependent diabetes. I make it sooooo easy to plan your meals, snacks and even treats and party food on special occasions, thanks to my handy Lenny games and apps.
Play is great exercise! And remember if you’re playing hard – like a game of touch or tag, you’ll burn up lots of stored sugar. It's a good idea to fuel up and make sure you eat beforehand and fingerstick before and after, so you know all about what your blood glucose levels are doing. If you're wearing a pump, you can easily disconnect for up to 1 hour.
Read more about exercising, swimming, sleepovers and school camp!
It's OK to have lots of different feelings about diabetes and you're not alone. The more you learn about Insulin Dependent diabetes, the more you'll feel in control and be able to handle it as part of everyday life. We know what you're going through and if you ever feel down, worried, scared or angry, talk to your doctor or someone close to you.
Signs of low blood glucose levels may be: headaches, pounding heart, dizziness, shaking, sweating.
Fast help: glucose tablets, jellybeans, apple juice.
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