Adolescents living with diabetes – in their own words

Adolescence is a period of dramatic change. The effects of the onset of puberty and the consequent, both emotional and physical, can be dramatic. It is not uncommon for adolescents – and their family members – to feel like their life is a rollercoaster of ups and downs, as their body undergoes dramatic transformations, not all of which are welcome. The transitional period between childhood and adulthood presents a range of specific challenges for young people living with type 1 diabetes and their diabetes healthcare providers. Understanding a young person’s experiences with and attitudes towards diabetes is essential in order to provide appropriate and effective support during the crucial transition to adult self-management. To find out, the Portuguese Diabetes Association engaged with a group of young people with type 1 diabetes. These are there words.