Diabetes Resources for Teens

The diabetes team knows how tough it must be to manage diabetes and have other commitments like school, friends, and work. We’re always looking for ways to make things easier for you.
Did you know…

  • … you’re not alone. Two thirds of the patients we follow here at the Children’s Hospital are teens, just like you.
  • … only 5-10% of all diabetes is Type 1, the rest is mostly Type 2. Because it’s more common people normally know about Type 2. You’re in charge of teaching your friends and family about you, and how you work to manage your diabetes.
  • … it’s normal to have 2-3 mild low blood sugars/week. If you have too many you can lose awareness which can lead to more serious lows that go undetected.
  • … you’ll need to get a letter signed from your doctor when you go to get a driver’s license.
  • … you can talk to your diabetes team about birth control, and safe sex. Woman with diabetes have to be extra careful with pregnancy and managing blood sugar levels.

Check out this film that highlights teens living with type 1, and what they’ve learned and how they manage their day to day life.

World Diabetes Day

Mark your calendars, and wear blue on Nov 14 to support world diabetes day. Find out what you can do.

Organizations to connect with

Some organizations that hold events for older teens and adults in our community, and across Canada:

Online resources

Also, check out this free teen app! It has lots of helpful tips and advice for managing diabetes and being a teen or young adult. Search in your app store:
Diabetes ID: Passport to Transition

Join the conversation and share your experience in moving from paediatric to adult care…
Ask your team about getting more involved in the T1D on-line community.