Young people's needs and priorities for improved support and education: a call for action

Most young people’s lives are hectic. They all involve a degree of chaos, and the usual trials and tribulations of friendships, romance, college, and so on. Add the diabetes into the mix, with its unique challenges, and the situation can feel overwhelming. The authors of this report, young people who have been living with diabetes for some years, have all met several diabetes healthcare providers. Unfortunately, although many adults involved in diabetes care are keen to help young people to make the most of their life, this does not always appear to be the case. Since the majority of healthcare providers do not have diabetes themselves, they do not understand the real challenges and issues, and how these impede the persistent attempts of young people to achieve good blood glucose control.
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diabetes education, young people, DAWN, youth ambassadors