Family Education & Support

Living With Diabetes

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Managing Diabetes When Traveling
Find helpful tips from the Diabetes Center for Children on how to manage your child's diabetes while on vacation.

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.

Summer Foot Care Tips
Summer is a time for sun and fun, beaches and bare feet, but it can pose a challenge for those with diabetes.

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 for Children at CHOP.

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.

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.


Diet and Diabetes
Learn about the importance of meal planning for children with diabetes, and how carbohydrates, sugars, proteins and fats affect your child's blood sugar levels.

Holiday Meals and Combination Bolusing with Your Insulin Pump
Learn about combination bolusing using an insulin pump and how it might be helpful when eating high-fat meals, buffet meals and holiday meals.

Diabetes and Vitamin D
Vitamin D is very important for children with diabetes, as it helps the body use insulin better.

Online education

Available on desktop only. These educational materials for patients and families will help you learn about diabetes so you can make informed decisions about diabetes management.

Count Carbs Because Carbs Count
This module will help you count the carbs for small, medium and large portions of foods you eat often, and equate carb count to varying units of insulin.

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 in this module.

Depression and Diabetes
Did you know that up to 20 percent of people with diabetes may be depressed? 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.

Alcohol and Diabetes
Drinking alcohol and having diabetes can be dangerous. In this module, learn how alcohol can affect your body and blood sugars, and hear tips on how to drink alcohol safely (if you are of a legal drinking age, of course!)

Diabetes Eye Exam
If you have diabetes, it's very important to schedule regular eye exams. Our Healthy Eyes, Healthy Vision e-learning module will answer common questions teens with diabetes have about vision screening. It also includes a short video about what to expect during an eye exam.

Taking Care of Ketones
When you have type 1 diabetes, ketones can start to form and build up in your blood. Ketones also form when you don't have enough insulin in your body. This e-learning module will teach you when to check for ketones and how to stay healthy.

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. 

In the United States, 1 in 3 teens with diabetes has diabulimia. Diabulimia is when people with diabetes deliberately take less insulin to lose weight. Watch this e-learning module to learn more about diabulimia, including its risks and complications, and the dangers of DKA caused by diabulimia.

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. We'll also provide helpful resources to ensure a successful college career.

Nutrition and Diabetes
Navigating your way through the supermarket can be overwhelming and confusing, especially when you are learning how to count carbs! Registered dietitians from the Diabetes Center will show you what foods are best and how to keep your kitchen cupboards stocked with healthy choices!

Food, Insulin and Blood Sugar
Want to learn more about the effect of food and insulin on your blood sugar? Watch these videos to help you better understand the information you may have heard in your one-to-one diabetes education appointments.

Diabetes: The Take 15 Challenge
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: Taking Charge of Your Lows
Experiencing low blood sugar can be scary and embarrassing. But don’t try to avoid lows by letting your sugars run high all the time.

More diabetes resources

Review our full list of resources which will help patients and families manage diabetes.