Adolescents and Diabetes
According to a statistic by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH), diabetes has been diagnosed to at least 208,000 young people under the age of 20, wherein type 1 diabetes is the most prevalent among them. Furthermore, there has also been an increase in the number of adolescents being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes as obesity is becoming more common in this age group today.
Diabetes during the adolescent years can be more difficult in comparison to other stages in life. At this particular stage of development, young people are more conscious about how they are perceived by their peers and take more notice of the changes that are happening in their body. Added changes which differ from their peers, such as an extreme increase in glucose levels in the body can be stressful as more responsibility and extra careful measures are needed to take care of one’s self.