[Graphic courtesy of Dr. W. Carl Cooley, MD, Senior Medical Advisor, Crotched Mountain Foundation, NH]


In many countries, including Canada, youth living with diabetes (or other chronic conditions) are required to move from the paediatric to adult healthcare system usually at age eighteen.

That ‘shift’ can be problematic for youth depending on where they are located, the family support and healthcare resources available and easily accessible, their own acquired skill in self-management of their condition, and the extent to which they have been assisted with planning to ‘be ready’ for the event.

The teenage years bring on many natural diversions and new pressures that can affect the propensity for youth to pay proper, continuing attention to managing their personal health.

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