Can The Child Participate In All Sports?Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 18:12
Encourage your child to take part in school-sponsored athletics and to sign up for sports teams after school. This will do two things:
- It will program exercise into your child's life. Ideally, children with diabetes should have at least 30 minutes of activity a day. Exercise helps their bodies use insulin more efficiently and gives them a more optimistic, self-confident outlook.
- Being on a team can help your child see that diabetes is not a handicap. It needn't affect athletic performance at all!
Exercise helps the tissues of the body use blood sugar, so it may bring a risk of hypoglycemia. Talk to the doctor about reducing insulin or giving extra snacks before a workout.
Some children hate the fact that diabetes makes them different. Attending diabetes summer camps can help their sense of belonging, abolish self-pity, and teach confidence-building skills. Some camps have special weekend sessions that involve the whole family.