Kids with diabetes should be encouraged to participate in as many activities as they choose. They should not be excluded from school trips. School sports and extracurricular activities can promote self-esteem and a sense of well-being.
For those kids who wish to participate in vigorous physical activity, good planning is essential so that the blood glucose balance is maintained. The major risk of unplanned vigorous activity is low blood glucose. This can be prevented by eating extra food.
Parents should be notified of special days which involve extra activity so that they can ensure that the child has extra food to compensate.
Sports or other activities that take place during mealtime require extra planning. Timing of meals and snacks may be varied and the insulin dose adjusted so that kids with diabetes can safely participate.
It is advisable that both you and the child with diabetes carry some form of fast-acting sugar such as glucose tablets or juice boxes on outings or sports events.