Understanding Your Child's Type 1 Diabetes

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Understanding Your Child’s Type 1 Diabetes

I’m not sure about you, but when I came home from the hospital crash course, my brain was on information overload!  Understanding Your Child’s Type 1 Diabetes really takes a lot of your mental space.  Acting as an organ in your child’s body is HARD work. 

Understanding your child’s type 1 diabetes is crucial.  


And not just diabetes, but body function as well.  These videos, in addition to the book, Think Like A Pancreas, really pulled my understanding of everything together for me.  It was like an ah-ha moment.   But … start with the videos, if you haven’t got the book – they’re free and so very helpful in understanding the really technical parts of the body and what diabetes means to that.

I felt like I couldn’t digest any of the science behind diabetes, when we were in the hospital.  I understood the basic concepts behind diabetes.  Insulin helps glucose move out of the blood stream.  Got it. 

But, once I got home, I dove deep into understanding the actual organ & function side of diabetes .. the body function and how it actually all works.  

The human body is really amazing.  And learning about how it works is absolutely most important in understanding your child’s Type 1 diabetes and being able to build on skills to get great control.  

These, and I caution are technical videos, but, really helped me understand diabetes more in-depth, and helped me then add some principles I learned in the hospital, to then further my knowledge and understanding, and really gave me more confidence in adjusting insulin doses.  They also got me thinking more about my son’s daily functions and watching his body.  

The videos build upon each other, so most helpful if you watch in order.  


Give these links and videos to your parents (their grandparents) to help them understand diabetes a little bit more.  I know my parent’s asked if they could get a training class or something.  I gave them the Pink Panther book and these links.  I think it helped them understand diabetes a little bit deeper to begin getting confidence in watching my son alone again.  

Breaking Down Diabetes. 

Explains in easy to understand terms, with interactive diagrams.  How carbs convert to glucose and the pancreas’ job to move glucose out of the blood.

Pathophysiology – Type 1 Diabetes

Understanding the pancreas role and aplha and beta cells.  Explains how the beta cells are killed.  Why symptoms develop in Type 1 Diabetes.  Explains how a Type 1 goes into DKA, what that looks like within the body cells.  How it happens.

Treating Type 1 Diabetes

How insulin and glucose work in the body throughout the day to keep body functions and energy moving.  diagram of how insulin levels change with activity and things throughout the day, explaination of basal/ bolus strategy and how that aligns with the principle of the basal and bolus strategy.

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Shannon Leigh
Shannon Leigh

Shannon is the Mom of a Type 1 Diabetic son who is determined to help other Mom's become confident and in-control of their Child's illness. Finding ways to lessen the burden Mom's feel as the primary caregiver of a Type 1 is her passion. She also loves cooking and creating kid-friendly, low-carb recipes that are yummy and don't impact blood sugar.

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