You and your parents can get even more helpful info and advice about living with diabetes at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada website.
Questions + AnswersHere are some common questions Canadian teens have about diabetes:
What is diabetes?
When you have diabetes, your body either canít produce insulin, or it canít properly use the insulin it produces. The levels of glucose in your blood get too high, and that can result in complications. Find out more.
Whatís the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?
Your doctor will tell you whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. If you have type 1 diabetes, your pancreas does not produce insulin. If you have type 2 diabetes your pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or your body doesnít properly use the insulin it makes. Find out more.
How can I remember the difference between hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia?
Hypoglycemia means your blood glucose level is too low. Hyperglycemia means your blood glucose level is too high. Remember: Hypo is low. Hyper is high. Find out more.
What can happen if I donít manage my diabetes?
There are a lot of complications associated with diabetes that can occur gradually over time if your diabetes isnít properly managedóeverything from kidney problems and eye disease to digestive and skin problems. Learn more.
What do I need to do to manage my diabetes?
Managing diabetes is a lifelong commitment thatís totally worth it. Learn how by reading our step-by-step guide and talking to your doctor.
Help! Having diabetes seems so hard! What should I do?
Youíre not imagining it. Having diabetes can make life more challenging. But in most cases you can do everything you want to do, as long as you make sure youíre keeping your diabetes under control while youíre doing it. And remember, you always have the support of your healthcare team. Read about Diabetes and real life issues.
Should I tell my friends I have diabetes?
Thatís a very personal decision, and itís really up to you. If youíre stuck, consider our pro and con list.
I have no idea what to say to my doctor. What should I do?
Preparing in advance for your next appointment will make it easier to talk to your doctor. Download the talking to my doctor cheat sheet.
Where do I find out more about diabetes?
Check out these diabetes facts & stats, get ideas for your next paper or research project and use diabetes resources for links to more information online.
Still want to know more? You and your parents can get even more helpful info and advice about living with diabetes at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada website.