Meet Debbie - a young girl with diabetes type 1. Debbie invites readers to learn about this type of diabetes from her perspective, describing how it feels to have high and low blood sugar levels. She explains how she can monitor her blood sugar and controls it with medication. Debbie also talks about the challenges of having diabetes and lets readers know how she can be helped and supported.
This illustrated book is ideal for young people aged 7 upwards, as well as parents, friends, teachers and nurses. It is also an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.
Dr Julie Edge has been a Consultant in Paediatric Diabetes since 1997, and is the lead clinician for children's and adolescent diabetes in Oxfordshire, UK. She is the clinical lead for the local Children and Young People's Diabetes Network, is involved nationally in the NICE diabetes guideline for children review and the Diabetes Peer Review programme, and was on the NHS Diabetes Programme Board for the Department of Health. She is a past chair of the Association of Children's Diabetes Clinicians in England. Julia Mac Conville graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin in 2007 and has been working as an artist since. She is currently studying costume design and working as a freelance illustrator.
Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Introducing Debbie who has diabetes. 2. What is it like to have diabetes? Food, blood tests, insulin injections, sport and exercise. 3. Things about diabetes that can make me feel worried and upset. 4. Low blood sugar levels. 5. High blood sugar levels. 6. Making sure I am healthy with my diabetes. 7. Meeting others with diabetes. 8. What is type 1 diabetes?. 9. Insulin pumps. 10. Recognising the signs of diabetes. 11. What you need to learn at the start. 11. Diabetes and school. 12. How friends can help. 13. How teachers can help. 14. How parents can help. Recommended reading, websites and organisations.