Type 1 Diabetes and Adolescence: An exploration of lived experiences

This research study was conducted at a diabetes clinic in the North-West of England. We interviewed young people aged 13-16 about their experiences of living with Type 1 diabetes.

We found:

  • Life with diabetes is an INDIVIDUAL ongoing journey of learning through experience.
  • Education from the clinic, as well as ‘real life' learning are key to the future health of young people with diabetes.
  • Making mistakes is ok - it is a key part of learning.
  • Self-management is different for everyone: it is affected by relationships with friends, teachers, parents and health professionals.
  • Education and learning is just as important for the people around young people with diabetes (parents, siblings, teachers, friends) as it is for them.