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September 7, 1999
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Joslin Center Experts Offer Tips for Managing Diabetes During the School Year at Free Seminar Sept. 28

The Joslin Center for Diabetes at University Hospital of the State University of New York Health Science Center will present a free public diabetes education seminar Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. To register, contact University Hospital’s Health Connections at 464-8668. The seminar will take place in the conference room at Joslin Center for Diabetes, located in the University Health Care Center, 90 Presidential Plaza.

The seminar, “Tips for a Successful School Year,” will be a discussion for parents, teachers, nurses and caregivers of children with diabetes. Topics covered will include insulin requirements, blood glucose monitoring, treatment of hypoglycemia and meal planning.

“There is no reason why a student with diabetes cannot participate in every school activity,” said the Joslin Center’s Suzanne Meyer, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator. “Planning, communication and education are the keys to success.”

Meyer said parents should ask school medical officials about the availability of the following supplies: meter, chemstrips and lancets, insulin (if ordered by a physician), syringes, glucagon (check the expiration date) and snacks (for example, juices).

Meyer said in most cases school nurses will need a note from a physician regarding a child’s insulin requirements.

“A student with diabetes should also have a close friend who knows their medical condition,” she said. “This friend could go to the nurse with him or her and help if one experiences hypoglycemia.” She also suggests children who have diabetes wear a form of medical identification.

Jody Kearns, a registered dietician and certified diabetes educator at the Joslin Center, will also participate in the presentation.

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