Diabetes Transition Program
As a way to help make a smooth transition from pediatric to adult care, we have created this booklet to help you learn more about diabetes and to take charge of your diabetes and health.
Clinic appointments, insulin, carb monitoring. It's a lot to remember, and we can help. For those nearing adulthood, our Transition Clinic is available: call (608) 263-6420 or send a MyChart message to set up a visit with the diabetes team.
- College Diabetes Network
- Know Your Insulin
- Know Your Rights on the Job
- Taking Charge of Your Care
- Creating a Diabetes Care Plan When Heading Off to College
- Transitions in Care (eBook)
- Type 1 Diabetes in College
- Learn about how to stay well when you have ketones or when you're home sick in our frequently asked questions section.
- Kids Health: Managing Diabetes on Sick Days
Having Type 1 Diabetes shouldn't stop you from playing your favorite sport or living a healthy, physically-vigorous life.
- Young Kids with Diabetes in Sports | Deporte, ejercicio y diabetes
- Managing Diabetes in Young Athletes
- College Athletics and Type 1 Diabetes: A Balancing Act
- Book recommendation: Diabetic Athlete's Handbook by Sheri Colberg, Find on Amazon.com or at Madison Public Library
Learning to drive is an exciting time, and with diabetes, it should be no different. A few key steps are crucial to safe driving (in addition to wearing your seatbelt):
- Make sure you always check your blood sugar before getting behind the wheel, and treat any highs or lows before driving.
- Always keep a diabetes kit in the car with your supplies, including extra glucose-containing low-treatments, syringes, glucometer and test strips.
- Make sure you have insulin and glucagon available but be careful with extreme weather - hot or cold. These can cause both insulin and glucagon to not work.
Video: Driving and Diabetes
Screening and Diabetes
There are several screening tests recommended by the American Diabetes Association including routine tests for complications of diabetes (cholesterol tests, eye exams, urine test) as well as associated conditions (thyroid tests, celiac screening test). It is also recommended that children and adults with diabetes have their annual influenza vaccine. Please ask your diabetes doctor to find out when you are next due.
- Get the Most Out of Health Care Visits (American Diabetes Association)
- Long-term Complications of Diabetes
- Taking Care of Your Feet (American Diabetes Association)
Drinking and Diabetes
- Check out our Type 1 Diabetes frequently asked questions section to learn about diabetes and alcohol.
- Touchy Topics (College Diabetes Network)
Traveling and Type 1 Diabetes
Don't let diabetes cramp your vacation plans. Just make sure you prepare before you board that airplane, bus or train.
- Traveling with Type 1 Diabetes: Always Be Prepared
- Travel w/Insulin Injections (pdf)
- Travel w/Insulin Pump (pdf)
Pregnancy and Type 1 Diabetes
A healthy diabetes plan is particularly important if there's a chance you might get pregnant. Talk to your doctor right away if you are thinking of having children, if you find out you are pregnant, or even if you wonder if you might be pregnant.