Being a Preteen
If you were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a small child, you have already learned a lot about how to take care of yourself. Now that you are a little older, you can begin to do even more for yourself.
Testing and injecting on your own
At first, your parents may help you test your blood sugar and do your injections. Teachers and other adults who care for you may also be taught in case they need to do tests and injections for you.
When you feel ready, you may want to learn how to test your blood sugar and inject your insulin (or use your insulin pump) on your own. Your doctor, nurse, or parents can teach you how to do this. Learning to inject yourself will make it easier for you to take part in activities such as school trips or sleepovers without your parents.
Don’t worry if you don’t feel ready yet. There is no hurry, and there is no set age when you should be testing or injecting yourself. You will be able to do it when the time is right.