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^ Accommodating diabetes in school ^ Making diabetes work in the workplace ^ Hitting the road safely: Driving with diabetes ^ Getting insurance coverage our child with diabetes not only has to deal with the medical consequences of type 1 diabetes (T1DM) but the social and economic consequences as well. You want him to get the best education possible — the same as a child without diabetes. And when he gets older, you want your child not to face discrimination in getting a job. Then there's the issue of health insurance for your child with diabetes; you want a rate that doesn't bankrupt you, and you want him to have the same reasonable rate when the time comes that he's dealing with his own insurance.
Relax! Those who have come before you have faced all these problems, and with the help of a beneficent government prodded by many organizations like the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, most of the issues have been managed in a very satisfactory manner. (I provide contact information for these organizations and others in Appendix B.)
There's plenty of help out there for you, the parent of a child with diabetes, but you have to be assertive and make sure your child gets all that is coming to him. I think you'll be satisfied with the result. This chapter tells you what you need to know to be the best possible advocate for your child (or yourself).
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All you need is a proper diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise and you'll be fine. Ever heard those words from your doctor? If that's all heshe recommends then you're missing out an important ingredient for health that he's not telling you. Fact is that you can adhere to the strictest diet, watch everything you eat and get the exercise of amarathon runner and still come down with diabetic complications. Diet, exercise and standard drug treatments simply aren't enough to help keep your diabetes under control.