Two cases of type 1 diabetes in adolescents: to test blood glucose or not to test?


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Abstract

Coping with diabetes and managing daily challenges remain a major factor in adolescents. After initial diagnosis, the daily management of diabetes happens at home. Dealing with diabetes on a daily basis affects dietary habits and physical activities. Daily multiple testing of finger blood glucose levels increases the emotional burden of the disease. Clarifying the responsibility for diabetes self-management should be a continuous dialogue between adolescents and parents.These are two cases of adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus that did not have direct parental supervision at home. The two adolescents concerned have altered the results of their self-glucose monitoring to obtain secondary gain and avoid diabetes self-management, showing how manipulative teenagers can be when it comes to dealing with diabetes. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons.

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