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Dear Dish-It: Type 2 Diabetes

Jun 14, 2012

Dear Dish-It,

My mom has type 2 diabetes; will she ever get better?

Bob

Dear Bob,

I’m sorry to hear about your mom. Having type 2 diabetes is tough, but the more you know about your mom’s disease, the better you will be able to help her deal with it.

All About Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, which is the main type of sugar in our blood. After we eat food, our body breaks it down into glucose and other nutrients, which are then absorbed into the bloodstream. As the level of glucose in our blood rises, it triggers our pancreas to make something called insulin, which helps our cells absorb the glucose. But in people with type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t respond to insulin properly. The result is all that glucose stays in the bloodstream and the level of sugar remains higher than normal, making the pancreas work overtime to produce even more insulin. Eventually, the pancreas can wear out and may no longer be able to produce enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels normal. This can cause a lot of health problems.

Fighting Type 2 Diabetes

While there is no “cure” for the disease, people with type 2 diabetes can use diet, exercise and medicines that improve their body’s response to insulin to control their blood sugar levels. Your mom’s doctor has probably already told her that it’s important to eat healthy and exercise regularly to maintain a normal body weight, and to monitor her blood sugar level closely. If you’re curious about what you can do to help your mom manage her disease, I’m sure that your doctor would be more than happy to give you information about diabetes.

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Abbergrl
Haha, thank you. I don't want to date, it's just that these stupid crushes :/
reply about 4 hours
SimplyAda
I can relate very much.  :e  It happens a lot. But here's one thing, try not to date. At my middle school, everyone literally dates everybody and relationships never last. Part of the reason is that most of us aren't in that mature phase yet (mostly boys). As the days go by, we're growing. But, it's completely normal to have a crush on a boy. :) :thumbsup
reply about 4 hours
SmartSunnyShadow
Sorry for the late reply, but I'd love to help. If they don't want to talk to you, or don't like your jokes, don't talk to them. They probably don't like you, so you shouldn't try to make it better. You should hang out with your other friends. They'll make you feel better about yourself. If you don't have any friends in your class...that's the problem.  That's exactly what happened to me last year. But I started hanging out with the guys more, and they were really nice and had a lot in common with me. Maybe the guys will be nice to you and accept you. I hope I helped you. :)   
reply about 11 hours
SmartSunnyShadow
Aw, that's sad. I know this is a late review, but I would love to help you make new friends. There are kids that do nasty things at every single school, trust me, you'll never find a perfect school, and if people are reporting this form of bullying, teachers are probably supervising children more, so don't worry about that. :) Now making new friends, ahh, that's very difficult. I can be shy myself, but it honestly depends. What I usually do is observe different groups of people, and see how they interact with each other. If the person seems nice, wait until the time is appropriate and greet them. A friendly "Hi, I'm new, could you maybe show me around, or help me with this, or tell me about this school?" That will start off a conversation. :)  As well, I tend to make jokes, or go to my funny side. I usually make way more friends that way. You could try to make slight jokes, and gradually make them less implied and more clear as you joke around.  If there are any other new kids, or shy kids, definitely talk to them. If there are any kids that look lonely, or sad, maybe take some time to approach them. If they look like the want to be left alone, leave them alone. If you're not sure, it's best if you see someone else interact with them first.  If you're bisexual, that doesn't really matter, and don't bring that fact up in a conversation. That's kind of personal, and when you get a little closer, you can say that. It's not really important, and necessary for people to know that. And it's personal too. So don't bring that up unless you really want to.  I hope i helped you! Sorry for the late advice. >_< 
reply about 11 hours
SmartSunnyShadow
Several people are having the same problem as you. Whether they're the same gender or not, many people crush on some of their closest friends. So don't feel alone, remember that. I know this is some late advice, but I hope so far things are going good. Many people are feeling the urge of confessing like you. Yes, I think you should confess to her clearly, but when the time is right. She may not like you, but if you really really like her, you should absolutely confess to her. But be aware that confessing to one of your friends can ruin your friendship. You have to be cautious, confess when the time is right. 5 months may be long for you, but honestly, that's a short-term crush. Don't rush your confession, and don't give up unless you think you should. Getting over someone can be incredibly hard too, but you're either going to get over her, or confess to her. When the time is right, confess. When the time never seems to come, I'm sorry, but unfortunately, I think it's best if you get over her, because you have to be 100% sure before you confess to someone. You're risking your friendship to, so think if it's really worth it.  I hope I helped you. :) 
reply about 11 hours