Everyday Life

Everyday Life

After the initial shock of a diabetes diagnosis wears off, your family will begin adjusting to life with diabetes. With a little planning and preparation, you can resume all of your normal day-to-day activities, such as exercising or going out to eat.

Diabetes should not keep your child from achieving her highest goals. There are Olympic athletes, professional football players, congressmen, actors and rock stars who live with diabetes. We can help you prepare for all the new "firsts" and get ready to manage your child's care with ease.

Away from Home

Diabetes should not prevent your child from enjoying family vacations, slumber parties, or trips to Grandma's house.


Everyone who cares for your child – from babysitters to adult relatives – should be trained on the basics of diabetes care and what to do in an emergency.

Managing Stress and Diabetes

Series on Stress and Diabetes for Families

Explore: Everyday Life

  • Dating

    Teenagers have competing needs, including the need to choose who they want to tell about their diabetes and who they do not.

  • Driving

    Getting that first driver's license is a huge milestone for your teen. Safety behind the wheel should be everyone's number one priority.

  • Food & Fun

    Diabetes doesn't mean doing without your family's traditional holiday treats, birthday parties, or outings to your favorite restaurant. With a little planning, a good time can still be had by all!

  • Planes

    Traveling to another state or country by plane can be stressful for anyone. Here are some tips to help make your next big trip go as smooth as possible.

  • Questions to Ask Your Doctor

    It's ok to ask your healthcare team as many questions you want – even the ones you may feel silly for asking!

  • School

    Before sending your child back to school, notify the school, especially the principal, school nurse and teacher(s) that your child has diabetes.

  • Serious Lows

    Talk with your diabetes healthcare team about handle a low blood glucose emergency (hypoglycemia).

  • Shots & Blood Glucose Checks

    Whether you have to give one or get one, insulin shots or finger pokes for blood glucose (blood sugar) checks are no fun.

  • Sick Days

    Watch your child's blood glucose (blood sugar) levels carefully when he or she has a cold or the flu.

  • Sports & Recreation

    Exercise and physical activity are good for everyone and especially important for children with diabetes. Just remember to check blood glucose (blood sugar) often – before and after exercise.

  • Teens & Parties

    Teens generally want more independence when it comes to food and fun.

  • Telling Others

    Being diagnosed with diabetes is a life-changing event. For many kids, it takes time to accept their new reality and be ready to share with others.