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What You Think You Know About Type 1 Diabetes in Kids

From the Show: Eat Right Radio
Summary: When you hear the word diabetes, you may think of an unhealthy lifestyle or being overweight or inactive.
Air Date: 11/17/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Marina Chaparro, MPH, RDN
Chaparro Marina 1163Marina Chaparro is a bilingual pediatric and diabetes nutrition expert. She is a certified diabetes educator at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, where she provides comprehensive diabetes education to children and families and instructs patients on the latest technology advances in diabetes. She is an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor trainer and is often asked to speak on topics such as childhood obesity, infant nutrition, diabetes and Latino health issues. Chaparro is also the founder of Nutrichicos Children’s Nutrition Center, a bilingual nutrition center specializing in pediatric nutrition that offers individualized nutrition assessment and provides services in both Spanish and English. On her blog, www.nutrichicos.com, Chaparro shares reliable, practical and science-driven recommendations to help parents and families meet the nutrition needs of their children. Chaparro’s background includes clinical nutrition, public speaking, public health, research and program planning with a focus on Latino health issues. She earned a specialty certificate in pediatric weight management. Chaparro is a graduate of Boston University and earned a master’s degree in public health from Florida International University.
What You Think You Know About Type 1 Diabetes in Kids
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.

More than 29 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes; however, only five percent of those are diagnosed with type-1 diabetes, and most of that population is diagnosed as children.

When you hear the word diabetes, you may think of an unhealthy lifestyle or being overweight or inactive. However, this is not the case for type-1 diabetes, especially in children.

Type-1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which the body does not produce insulin. 

Living with type-1 diabetes is a constant battle, as it requires constant monitoring of blood sugars through finger prick checks, injecting insulin with every meal, and counting carbohydrates.  

However, despite these challenges, the outlook for youth diagnosed with diabetes has never looked better. 

Marina Chaparro, MPH, RDN, discusses the latest advances in technology in diabetes care, including sensors, insulin pumps, and pancreatic transplants. She also shares how to recognize warning signs of type-1 diabetes in children.

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