Life With Diabetes

These resources will help your family and child navigate life with diabetes, and the common challenges associated with the condition. Review our information about support and coping, school, teen topics, and general well-being.

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Support & Coping

Coping With Diabetes
Find tips on how you can help your child, and yourself, cope with the demands of managing diabetes, form the experts at the Diabetes Center at CHOP.

Depression and Diabetes
After completing this module, you will be able to identify the signs and symptoms of depression and the resources available to teens with diabetes who may feel depressed.

Diabetes: Supporting Yourself and Others
Find tips from the Diabetes Center at CHOP on how you can give to and connect with others with diabetes.

Taking Care of Your Child Emotionally in Dealing With Diabetes
Diabetes can take an emotional toll on your child (and you!). Here are a few ideas on how to you can support your child/teen.

Learn to Fight Needle Fear [VIDEO]
Learn about relaxation exercises and distractions that can help you overcome fear of needles.

Diabetes: The Take 15 Challenge [VIDEO]
It takes just 15 minutes a day to test blood sugar, count carbs, calculate and give the insulin dose that will take care of your diabetes.


Diabetes Care in School
Find tips on how you can team up with your child’s school to provide care for your child with diabetes.

Help Your Child Tell Friends About Type 1 Diabetes
Many children worry about telling friends that they have diabetes. Learn how you can help your child prepare to tell friends about his or her disease.

Teen Topics

Alcohol and Diabetes
Drinking alcohol and having diabetes can be dangerous. In this module, learn how alcohol can affect your body and blood sugars. Hear tips on how to drink alcohol safely.

Diabetes and Sports
This diabetes e-learning module is for young athletes who want to perform at their peak. Learn about keeping your blood sugar in the best range to maximize your peak performance.

Driving and Diabetes
It’s important to learn how to drive safely with diabetes. Find out what you need to know before you get behind the wheel.

Driving with Diabetes: What Every Teen and Parent Should Know [PDF]
This resource can help young drivers with diabetes to properly manage their blood sugars and plan ahead for safe driving.

Teens and Diabetes
Open communication between you and your teenager with diabetes is important. Recognize that your teen wants to be treated as an adult, even if that means letting him take charge of his own diabetes

College Resources for Students with Diabetes
Explore resources available to students with diabetes who are preparing for life at college and the responsibilities that come with it.

Roommates and Diabetes
This course discusses three important things you need to explain to your roommate when you go to college: your diabetes, your lows and how they can help

Scholarships for Students with Diabetes
For students with diabetes who need financial support for college, there are many opportunities to apply for scholarships.

The Move to College: How to Prepare Over the Summer
For young adults with diabetes, preparing for the move to college over the summer will ensure you're at your best at the start of this new chapter.

General Well-being

Diabetes and Insurance Issues
Find out how social workers and diabetes nurses at the Diabetes Center at CHOP can help you with insurance and financial concerns.

Staying Connected With Your Diabetes Team
When managing diabetes, you should work with your diabetes team at the Diabetes Center, even in between regular appointments. Here's how.

Summer Safety Tips and Diabetes
Summer brings a lot of fun things – vacation, swimming and outdoor activities. It also brings the hot weather. Use these tips to help keep you safe!

Controlling Blood Sugar During the Winter
Find helpful tips for kids with diabetes to help control blood sugars during the winter months and keep away the winter blues.

Winter Sports and Diabetes
Find winter sports safety tips for children with diabetes to help keep you safe and active this winter while taking care of your diabetes.

Managing Your Diabetes While Traveling
If you are traveling or going on vacation this summer, make sure you plan ahead to keep your diabetes in check. Dealing with high blood sugars – or worse, a trip to the hospital – can put a damper on your plans.

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Gary Hall Jr. On Life as an Athlete With Diabetes
Olympic gold medal swimmer Gary Hall Jr. speaks to children at Seacrest Studios at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia about life as an athlete with diabetes.

2014 Diabetes Family Conference Video
The Diabetes Center for Children at CHOP holds an annual educational conference for kids with diabetes and their families. At the 2014 conference, meeting organizers showed this video featuring CHOP diabetes patients doing the things they love.

Next Steps
Appointments and Referrals
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Tools to Manage Diabetes

These resources will help your child and family manage blood sugar testing, highs and lows, insulin, nutrition, and more.

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Life With Diabetes

Review our information about support and coping, school, teen topics, and general well-being.