Transition Guide for Diabetic Adolescents: From Pediatric to Adult Diabetes Care Providers
Transitioning from being provided by pediatric to adult diabetes care providers can be very stressful and anxiety-inducing for most teens with chronic illnesses such as diabetes. However, it must be pointed out that the transition process is necessary for these emerging adults to acquire all the needed health care and attention that are compatible and beneficial for their age and current condition. Being assisted and taken care of with the right health care professionals is also vital in the transition process.
As these teens and emerging adults’ age jump up the calendar, so does the need for them to become more independent and take more responsibility in terms of managing their health care needs. In order to alleviate the stress and tension that come with a change in their diabetes care provider, they should be given the knowledge as what is the transition about, what are the needed measures to take, and why is it important.
As a parent, relative, or even the teens themselves, it is helpful to know a thing or two about diabetes and what happens to teens during their adolescence years.