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Our friends just found out their 4 year old has diabetes, please help

Our friends just found out their 4 year old has diabetes- how can we help? They are really on an emotional rollercoaster this last week since they found out. They seem to be struggling with a few things (1) giving shots 4 times to a day and hurting their child is getting to them (2) it s forever (3) they are concerned about treatment- worried that they are not doing it right- she could have a low blood sugar episode, etc. (4) their daughter is confused and bummed out- they feel like this will break her spirit (5) they have other young kids and it s putting stress on all of them. any advice on what we might to do to help, things we might be able to say to assuage their stress, or resources that they might use to help them transition? Anything. thanks.
Asked On : Mon, 21 Dec 2009
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They are not alone if they have a child who has been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic condition which needs close attention, but with some practical knowledge about it, they can become your child's most important ally in learning to live with the disease. Diabetes can affect any age, He might be having Type1 diabetes which is known to occur in early age also.. i know of a child who got diagnosed as diabetic at age of 2 years only....Talk to her doctor, learn more. The keys to treatment and effective control are insulin, exercise and diet. Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose a sugar that is the body's main source of fuel. When you eat, Glucose from the food gets into your bloodstream, your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin, which helps the glucose get into the body's cells, and your body gets the energy it needs. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas fails to make enough insulin.

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