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Greenville, NC 27834
Phone: 252-689-6303
Fax: 252-689-6304

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YOUNG ADULT DIABETES

A nurse measures a patient's vitals

Emerging adulthood, generally between ages 18 and 30 years, is a time of change and personal discovery. Diabetes can further complicate the emotional and social challenges of this life stage. For many, less priority on management of their chronic disease can lead to increased hospitalizations and complications. When given the right support, most patients can have improved recognition of the importance of self-care behaviors and the establishment of life-long healthy patterns.

At Down East Diabetology, we believe good diabetes care is especially important during this time. We feel a transition of care between pediatric and adult medical providers should be coordinated based on the individual’s physical, psychological and emotional readiness, not solely on chronological age. The process involves much more than a first office visit with a new adult medical provider. We understand these differences and support our patients and families during these times of change.

For more information on the transition process, please visit:

  • American Diabetes Association. Diabetes care for emerging adults: recommendations for transition from pediatric to adult diabetes care systems. Diabetes Care 2011; 34: 2477-2485.
  • Blum RW, Garell D, Hodgman CH, et al.: Transition from child-centered to adult health-care systems for adolescents with chronic conditions: a position paper for the Society of Adolescent Medicine. J Adolesc Health 1993, 14: 570-576.
  • Callahan ST, Winitzer RF, Keenan P. Transition from pediatric to adult-oriented health care: a challenge for patients with chronic disease. Pediatrics 2001; 13(4): 310-316.