Type 1 Diabetes

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Type 1 diabetes also known as Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus. It was previously called
Juvenile or Juvenile Onset Diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in people under 30 years of age. Although type 1 diabetes develops most often in children and young adults (one in every 400-600 children has type 1 diabetes), the disease can be diagnosed at any age throughout the lifespan, and is equally distributed among males and females. Unlike type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes is more common in Caucasians than in those of Latino, African American, or other non-Caucasian backgrounds (Type 1 Diabetes). In type 1 diabetes the pancreas does not make the hormone insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body's cells use glucose for... View More »

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“Foot or leg amputation caused by diabetes often results from a minor injury such as a blister that goes untreated and escalates into an infection or ulcer” (Foot or Leg Amputation & Diabetes). Vascular diseases can come about. There is damage caused to the arteries and blood vessels. Diabetic foot is also possible. This is comprised of nerve damage and arterial disease.
In relation to therapeutic recreation there are a few programs that would work directly with diabetics and helping them cope with the disease. A diabetic cooking class would be very helpful for adolescents. Often times people do not know alternative healthy recipes for their favorite snack or dinner. Sometimes teens have to cook for themselves, and teaching them a healthy diet is crucial in controlling their diabetes.
Another recreation program that is very helpful are diabetes camp. Camping programs for people with diabetes serve more than 10,000 adolescents annually (American Diabetes Association). Physicians say type 1 diabetics need to be responsible for about 95% of the behavioral management for their disease, however when it comes to adolescents with type 1, evidence shows they are managing less than 20% of their diabetes. Parents and caregivers are left with a huge responsibility.
Adolescents lie smack in the middle of a developmental see-saw. They are entering an age of more independence and self-reliance, but they are not yet adults. Gradually learning to manage type 1 diabetes on their own, with purposive training. This is an important, but difficult task to do during the teenage ...

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