Diabetes Resource Centre

This resource centre details diabetes, from symptom recognition, to diagnosis, to treatment, to long-term outcomes. It contains many illustrations and animations to help you understand the condition, its management and long-term consequences.

What is diabetes?

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Diabetes is a chronic (life-long) condition that occurs when the body is not able to use sugar (glucose) as energy. Find out more about the different types of diabetes and their causes such as genetic factors, environmental events, diseases, or medications.

Balancing blood sugar levels

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Diabetes management requires balancing the amount of sugar that enters the body through food with physical activity and potential diabetes medication. Learn more about close monitoring and controlling of blood sugar levels in this section.

Insulin in diabetes management

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Some children with diabetes need insulin to help managing their condition. Insulin is a chemical messenger (hormone) that helps the body use sugar as energy. Learn more about the different types of insulins and injection devices to deliver it.

Maintaining a healthy diet

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Keeping a healthy diet benefits everyone, not only children with diabetes. This section will help you understand what foods hide sugar, plan meals and snacks for routine and extra-activities, and integrate this new diet in your family’s daily life.

Adjusting to illness and activity

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Changes in your child’s routine can disturb their blood sugar levels and contribute to health issues. Illness, which increases stress, and exercise, which speeds up insulin activity, can contribute to rocketing or dropping blood sugar levels.

Hemoglobin A1c

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The hemoglobin A1c test (also called A1c test) measures the average blood sugar level over a three-month period. It can tell you how well your child’s blood sugar levels are overall controlled. Learn more about the A1c test and hemoglobin in this section.

Living with diabetes

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Diabetes can affect your child's life at home, at school and on vacation. With effective management, and support from their family and the diabetes team, your child should be able to participate in many of the same activities as other children or teenagers their age.

Complications of diabetes

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Diabetes can lead to future health complications such as eye disease, kidney problems, or thyroid problems. Controlling blood sugar levels and eating well can help prevent complications. Learn about complications of diabetes and how to prevent them.

Other types of diabetes

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