5 Stories on Teenagehood and Type 1

In this compilation, we share the best Insulin Nation stories on handling diabetes while growing up.



It’s tricky during your child’s teenage years to strike the right balance between parenting and letting go. This is especially true when the teenager in your life has Type 1 diabetes.

Endocrinologists have come to understand that the teenage years are a critical period for a young person with Type 1 to establish good daily diabetes self-care. This means that it’s critical to give teens the space to make their own choices, and mistakes, in their blood sugar management. Any parent of a teenager will tell you, however, that allowing teens to make their own decisions can be a cringeworthy experience. It’s hard to know when to step in and when to let things play out during your teen’s day-to-day diabetes management.

Here are five different perspectives on teenagehood with Type 1 diabetes, from parents of teens with Type 1 and the teens themselves.

shutterstock_216149512_daughter_parents_cooking_260pxHow to Establish T1D Boundaries with Parents
A guide for older teens with Type 1 on establishing healthy boundaries with parents.
shutterstock_151882787_nosy_parents_260pxWhy My Family Doesn’t Use Nightscout
A family chooses not to track their teen’s every blood sugar reading.
shutterstock_153278603_group_teenage_girls_260pxTeens Try Artificial Pancreases at Home
Teens may have a leg up on adults when it comes to new diabetes technology.
shutterstock_208625368_Boy_at_camp_260pxToo Old for Diabetes Summer Camp?
What happens when a teen boy gets put into the wrong age group at diabetes summer camp?
shutterstock_208625368_Choosing_Food_260pxConfessions of a Teenage T1 Wallflower
That special moment in a teen’s life when he’s not allowed to eat what his friends eat at a party.

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Craig Idlebrook is chief editor for Insulin Nation and Información Sobre Diabetes, and was founding editor for Type 2 Nation. You can reach him at cidlebrook@selfrx.com.