Type 1 Diabetes (cont.)
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Treatment for adults
A regular daily schedule makes managing blood sugar levels easier. Blood sugars are easier to predict and control when mealtimes, amounts of food, and exercise are similar every day.
Some people—especially children, teenagers, and young adults—find out that they have type 1 diabetes when they are admitted to a hospital for diabetic ketoacidosis. If their symptoms are severe, they may need to be treated in an intensive care unit. Treatment for diabetic ketoacidosis includes fluids given through a vein (intravenous, or IV) to treat dehydration and to balance electrolytes, and insulin to lower the blood sugar level and stop the body from producing ketones.4
Treatment for children
Treatment for children includes all of the above measures to keep blood sugar levels within the child's target range. Treatment for children should also allow for normal growth and development. See the topics Type 1 Diabetes: Recently Diagnosed and Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease.
When a small child has diabetes, the parents have the responsibility for blood sugar control. As the child grows, he or she can take more responsibility for diabetes care.
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