While contracting diabetes may seem like the end of the world to a teenager, it doesn’t have to be a debilitating disease. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and reducing risky behavior can help any teen manage diabetes more effectively, while still allowing the individual to pursue many of the same goals and activities as his or her peers. For a teen with diabetes, maintaining a normal life may just be a matter of keeping a few essentials on hand, such as those listed here.
Glucose Monitoring Kit
Thanks to modern technology, diabetic patients can now keep a closer eye on their blood sugar levels with these kits. The kits come with everything you need to check your glucose, but always check to ensure you have enough supplies. This includes the testing machine, strips, lancets, alcohol wipes, and the testing solution. Be sure there are enough supplies for multiple tests throughout the day.
The primary essential in this category is, of course, your insulin medication kit. Of course, the most important component is your insulin and you should include several doses of varying strength to ensure you will always have the appropriate treatment on hand. Be sure to include extra syringes in case of breakage or an additional need for insulin. Glucose tablets or gel can be added to the kit to supplement the insulin treatments as well, but be sure to replace unused portions as indicated by their expiration dates. For diabetics who use insulin pumps, additional infusion sets and extra batteries are also recommended.
Emergency Food Kit
Typically, a person with diabetes should stash a few of these in frequently visited places. Store them in your home, school, place of work, or anyplace else you spend a significant amount of your time. Store one in your car, as well. The food kit should be stocked with healthy snacks like whole grain crackers, granola bars, nuts, raisins, juice boxes, bottled water, and emergency glucose tablets.
First Aid Supplies
Diabetes affects the body’s ability to heal itself, so keeping a first aid kit handy can be a wise choice. Supplement the standard first aid supplies with items for skin care, foot care, and dental care. As wounds heal more slowly, keeping gauze, antibiotic cream, and moisturizing lotion for the skin on hand is important. For proper foot care, include toenail scissors or clippers and padded socks. Daily use of a soft-bristled toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and medicated mouthwash is essential. Travel size packages of these same products can help maintain top oral hygiene on the go.
Certainly, diabetes requires some lifestyle changes, but, by staying prepared, you can still maintain a sense of normalcy in your life. Keeping the above supplies handy and ready to use will ensure your ability to stay active, sociable, and healthy.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Rachelle recommends Equashield for those patients with diabetic needs. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009221637700