The teen years are tough… without diabetes.
I recently attended an event for teens with type 1 diabetes and their parents. The purpose of the event was to share useful information on transitioning from the teen years to adulthood with diabetes. High school, college, friends, sports, alcohol, travel, insurance… all of it!
Both parties shared valid concerns. Parents were stressed about noncompliance, poor diets, and laissez-fair attitudes, and feared the day their child would have to order all of their own prescriptions, or deal with insurance (yikes!). The teens wanted to be independent, spend time with their friends, travel, and be more autonomous with their diabetes.
Listening to this inspired me to turn to all of you. How do yourespond to these concerns and fears that your patients have about transitioning from the teen years to adulthood with diabetes?
How do we find that balance of teen independence and parental support? How can we work to understand each other, respect each other’s priorities, but also make sure our teen patients are safe? Have you shared any strategies with your teen patients and their parents on “Adulting with Diabetes?”