New American Diabetes Association Guide Offers Guidance for Parents of Children with Diabetes

March 17, 2011

Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions in the United States, with nearly 26 million children and adults living with the disease. More than 215,000 children live with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and 19,200 new cases are being diagnosed each year. Raising a child is a challenging task; however, raising a child with diabetes adds a level of complexity that can be overwhelming for parents. That’s why the third edition of American Diabetes Association’s Guide to Raising a Child with Diabetes, by Jean Betschart Roemer, MN, MSN, CRNP, CDE, features the latest advances in diabetes care and parenting advice from the diabetes experts. 

Full of problem-solving examples and easy-to-use tables, this book shows parents how to adjust insulin to allow for the foods children like to eat, care for a child with diabetes, manage sick days, and plan nutritious and balanced meals. The guide also addresses how to play sports and games safely, maintain a busy schedule and still feel healthy and strong, negotiate the twists and turns of being "different," and accept the physical and emotional challenges that life has to offer.

Most importantly, the guide recognizes that raising a child with diabetes is about more than keeping blood glucose levels on target -- it's about school, friends, extracurricular activities, and ensuring a child lives the healthiest and happiest life possible. Guide to Raising a Child with Diabetes is a practical, easy-to-follow book that assures parents that their child can live a normal, healthy life with diabetes. 

Guide to Raising a Child with Diabetes, 3rd ed. is available at, at bookstores nationwide or by calling 1-800-232-6733.


Jean Betschart Roemer, MN, MSN, CPNP, CDE is a pediatric nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator in the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She is a past president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and past recipient of the American Diabetes Association Outstanding Health Professional Educator Award. She has written extensively for health care professionals, parents, children, and teens, and has worked with children with diabetes and their families since 1980. Ms. Roemer, mother of three, and grandmother of three, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1968.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)