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Health Information For Parents
As teens with diabetes get older, their health care services will change. “Transition of care” means that they will switch from a pediatric (childhood) endocrinologist to an adult health care provider.
It depends on the person, but most teens with diabetes should move to adult health care when they’re between 18 and 21. Many are going to college or moving away from home at this age.
Starting as early as 12 years old, teens with diabetes can start to take charge of their health. Early on, parents can supervise and give more responsibility as their child gets older.
To help prepare, older kids and teens with diabetes should:
They’ll also need to learn how to:
Before moving away from home, teens with diabetes should:
Teens going to college should contact:
Teens who are working should tell their employer how diabetes might affect their work.
To find an adult doctor who specializes in diabetes:
As they make the move to an adult endocrinologist, teens also should look for an adult primary care provider for their non-diabetes health care needs. This could be an internist, family medicine specialist, or nurse practitioner. He or she should work with your teen’s endocrinologist, as needed.
Our Diabetes Center provides information and advice for teens about treating and living with diabetes.
Does your child have type 1 or type 2 diabetes? Learn how to manage the disease and keep your child healthy.
Involving teens in their health care can help prepare them for managing it on their own as adults.
Learn all you can about diabetes so you’ll be better prepared to talk about it with your child.
You probably spend more than a third of your waking hours at school. Chances are you’ll need to check your blood sugar levels or give yourself an insulin injection during that time. So what do you do?
When kids with diabetes attend school, parents should discuss the condition with teachers, school staff, and coaches. Here are some tips on what to cover.
When you have a child with diabetes, you and your family have a lot to learn, but you don’t have to go it alone. Your child’s diabetes health care team can help.
Figuring out health care is part of becoming an independent adult. Here are tips for teens on what that involves, and how to choose your own doctor.
It takes all of your team members â you, your parents, doctors, certified diabetes educators, dietitians, and mental health pros â to help you take care of your diabetes.
Finding coverage for your kids may be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Many kids are eligible for government or community programs, even if their parents work. Learn what resources are available to your family.
You deserve medical care from someone who helps you feel comfortable and understood. Get tips on finding the best doctor for you.
Taking care of your diabetes includes knowing when to call a doctor and get medical help.
Caring for a child with diabetes includes knowing when to get medical help. Learn more about when to call the doctor.
Because EHRs improve how well your doctors talk to each other and coordinate your treatment, they can enhance your medical care. Get the facts on electronic health records.
Many health institutions digitally store their patients’ health information. Learn about electronic health records (EHRs) and how they can improve health care.
Taking medicines is a major part of staying healthy if you have diabetes because they help you keep your blood sugar levels under control.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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