Young Leaders from Brazil

My name is Claudia Labate and I am from São Paulo (Brazil). In 2009, during my bachelor degree in Marketing, I met ADJ Diabetes Brasil while I was walking on the street for another purpose. Since then I have been in touch with different areas and projects of the association.

My first experience with diabetes occurred while I was still in the hospital and nurses taught me how to check the glycemia, inject insulin and things I´d need to implement into my routine. I was 10 at the time and in the moment I saw I could do those things it gave me a lot of confidence because I felt I could use those tools to control diabetes.
Nowadays I see that keeping the balance can be a big challenge. There are many things to deal with such as work, studies, monitoring, exercise, diet, friends, family and this can be quite stressful to maintain all this train locomotives without derailing.
It helps to count on a multidisciplinary medical team (such as endocrinologist, therapist, physical educator, nutritionist), friends and family support.

Hello everyone!

My name is Ronaldo Wieselberg- pronounced "Vee-zel-berg", due to my polish descent- and I'm from Brazil. Nowadays, I'm a Medicine student and Tutor to the Young Leaders in Diabetes Training in Brazil. I was born in August 13, 1991 (so, in Melbourne, I'll be 22 years old) in São Paulo. When I was two years old, I said to my mother that, "when I grow up, I'll be a doctor". A month later, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. This way, my desire to become a doctor grew stronger.

I failed some times when trying to enter the university, and, as the tests happen once in a year, I had some free time... and decided to employ this free time with a good cause. Then, I started the Young Leaders Training in Brazil, at the ADJ (Associação de Diabetes Juvenil, "Juvenile Diabetes Association"). The next year, I entered the Medicine course and became Tutor in order to continue my participation in the Training. For people in general, we have two main problems: the lack of prepared professionals to deal with patients with diabetes and the lack of diabetes care products in the public health system.