SFBLF is committed to helping youth and their families living with diabetes to more easily meet their challenges. The ‘Transition Resource’ information contained here is part of that effort. (Please see also our Transition Programs on this website)
Need help to find primary care support?
If you are a youth (or parent of a youth) living with diabetes and searching for primary care support, this document provides a list of all the Pediatric Diabetes Centres in Ontario along with basic contact information.
If you are a Type 1, chances are you already have such a relationship. If you are a newly diagnosed Type 2, you may need to seek out special assistance. Your family physician is the first source you should consult but you may find this document helpful in any case.
Are you ready for Transition?
If you are a youth approaching age 18, you need to be sure you have identified a family physician who will provide the continuing care and support required by your condition. If possible, you should be exploring your options well before you have to make the “Transition’. An adult Centre may be able to help you make the connection you need. A list of all Adult Diabetes Centres in Ontario can be found here.
Pediatric to Adult Diabetes Care: Transition Planning Checklist
This checklist helps the health care provider, young adult, and family discuss and plan the change from pediatric to adult health care. It is published by the US National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) a partnership of the National Institutes of Health, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and more than 200 public and private organizations
Good 2 Go Transition Clinic
A weekly (Tuesday) clinic for youth (ages 12-17) who are patients at SickKids and want to learn more about transitioning and develop skills to feel prepared. To participate. you must have a referral from any Health care professional at SickKids or you or your family can ‘self-refer’
Wondering how you will manage when you move on to college or university?
Guide for Successful Transition to College and University
This Guide is a resource for students, their families, clinicians, pediatric healthcare partners and all medical professionals involved with youth living with diabetes. This Guide, developed by the Diabetes Hope Foundation, contains details organized by province and educational institute and can be downloaded for a modest fee of $9.00 at
Need some easy ‘tools’ to help you keep track of your condition?
As a youth living with diabetes, you have a responsibility to learn how to self-manage your condition safely and effectively. That takes time, patience and commitment. This is not ‘easy’ but it is essential to your well-being and quality of life.
For example, you can help yourself and your caregiver by being able to provide up-to-date data about the ‘patterns’ and nature of symptoms arising with your day-to-day condition. If you keep reasonable ‘records’ of your eating and exercise patterns, you can use those to reflect on your situation and perhaps, identify opportunities and needs for adjustment. Sharing that data with your caregiver can position them to offer suggestions and helpful advice in a more timely and specific manner.
The MyHealth Passport was developed by the team at the Good 2 Go Transition Program at SickKids. Use this link to develop your own custom card continuing your medical information. You can use it when you go to a new doctor or visit an emergency room or whenever you need paid access to the details of your condition.
You can simplify your diabetes management with ‘bant’ by using your handheld device and the bant app.
If you think we can help?
SFBLF does not provide medical advice or health care but we have access to those who do. We might be able to assist you to find the information you need or to connect you with others who can help.
Please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to assist.