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Battling with Diabetes at 12! #LetsDefeatDiabetes

As a mother of a 12-year-old, Tina, Shalini would just stand at the side of the basketball field and stare at her girl playing away with her classmates. It was not too long ago that, at the age of 8, Tina was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and there is a lot that goes behind, for her to live the life that she wants. It is a daily struggle to keep her blood sugar level in check and as a mother, Shalini thinks about it every day without fail. Constant monitoring of the blood sugar levels & insulin therapy using trackers, keeping a tab on every morsel she puts in her mouth, calling her teachers/trainers during school hours and educating her on the condition are some activities Shalini does on a regular basis.

“Constant monitoring of the blood sugar levels & insulin therapy using trackers, keeping a tab on every morsel she puts in her mouth, calling her teachers/trainers during school hours and educating her on the condition are some activities”

 

Even though there are other complications that come with Type 1 Diabetes, she decided it will not let Diabetes define her child and take away from things that she wants to do in life. Tina is a strong, young girl who believes in herself and that makes her mother very happy. She advises every mother to make sure their child is aware of their diabetic condition and is comfortable accepting it, which can be quite challenging. Currently, Tina is a part of her school basketball team and is always thrilled to take part in the competitions whenever they happen.

India has the second highest number of children with diabetes in the world after the United States. Most children with Type 1 Diabetes are not diagnosed on time as the awareness level about the condition is not as high as it should be. Let us work together to build a healthier younger generation and defeat diabetes.

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