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October 15, 2005

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Question from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada:

I'm a college student taking the Teacher's Assistant Program, and one of my courses is Individuals with Exceptionalities. I have a project to do on diabetes and really just need any and all information regarding this disease. Also, my father and his mother have diabetes, but I don't know what type though. I would like to know how people get diabetes. What is the best way to live with diabetes? As a paraprofessional in a classroom, how do I work with a child with diabetes? This information would be very helpful to me not only for my project, but there is a chance I will develop diabetes. I would like to know in advance what symptoms I should look out for and what I should do if I am diagnosed with diabetes.

Answer:

Answers to your questions can be found within the pages of this web site. Here are some suggested starting points:

Diabetes Basics
Here you’ll find links to articles that explain type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, the risks of developing diabetes, and many other basic diabetes information.

Diabetes at School
Here you’ll find links to many articles about caring for kids with diabetes at school. Of particular note is our page entitled Information for Teachers, which offers a brief summary of diabetes from the perspective of a teacher.

JSH