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Managing College and Diabetes

By Marianne Tetlow
 
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Managing your diabetes in college can be a challenge when learning to live away from home, follow changing class schedules, studying late at night and attending parties. It is a time of freedom and responsibility.

You can maintain a healthy lifestyle and enjoy the college experience with some planning before you leave for school. There are some things to know to help you get in a routine quickly.

Visit your campus early. Meet the staff in the health center. Get a staff contact for help in meal planning or carbohydrate counting.

Consider checking with your campus disability office. Many diabetics do not consider themselves disabled.

According to the American Diabetes Association, it is a disability of the pancreas. Most colleges or universities are subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. There are opportunities for people with diabetes for testing, eating and injecting in class without consequence.

Recommendations for college from the Mayo Clinic are:

• Find a diabetes care team near your college. Start with your college's health center. Get recommendations for endocrinologists in the area. Work with a diabetes educator.

• Meet with the resident assistant (RA) to go over emergency procedures. Offer to give the RA a glucagon kit to use in case of severe low blood sugar.

• Tell your roommate and friends that you have diabetes. Teach a close friend how to administer glucagon in case of an emergency.

• Get a fridge for your dorm room.

• Be prepared to treat an insulin reaction. Buy large quantities of whatever you take for insulin reactions.

• Wear a medic alert bracelet.

• Keep a copy of insurance and prescription cards in your wallet and another in your room.

• Have an extra glucose meter and batteries.

• Use a needle disposal container. Be considerate of your roommate and friends.

• Keep three months of supplies on hand.

Ask your doctor if it would be beneficial to use an insulin pump and a continuous glucose meter. If you have an insulin pump, ask your doctor about programming different basal rates for different schedules on different days.

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I dont feel like i should be forced to have health insurance, I think everyone would like to have health insurance if they could afford it. If you need affordable health insurance search online "Penny Health" or you dont want to be with out insurance any time.

April 21, 2012 - 5:42am
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All of this information was taken from the Spirit Happy Diet people in Denmark. Diabetes has been reversed in over 10,000 people by using a specialized diabetes diet. The diet also reversed body fat in people trying to lose weight. Scientists showed food chemicals is the cause of almost all diabetes. They also showed how to reverse your own diabetes without medications.
just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

April 19, 2012 - 2:40pm
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