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.
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