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Young people with diabetes

Diabetes can occur at any age. As you get older you become more independent in managing your diabetes.

You or the child you care for may have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. There is a lot of information about diabetes, and it’s important you find the right support to help you look after your health.

Our Diabetes Youth Zone is a go-to guide to help young people manage their type 1 diabetes with confidence. If you want to know more about type 2 diabetes visit Type 2 diabetes in younger people.

Just diagnosed

Top tips to adjusting to life with type 1 diabetes and information and support available to help you manage.

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Young person monitoring their blood glucose levels

Diabetes essentials

Find out about managing hypoglycaemia, blood glucose monitoring, using insulin, understanding carbohydrates and more.

Everyday activities and independent living

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Moving up

Navigate your diabetes while living independently, partying, driving, during relationships, studying and work.

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Getting ready for adult care

Get help to juggle the responsibilities of life and diabetes so you can continue to be in charge as you move into adult health care services.

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Studying and work

Find out how you can manage your diabetes, whilst you work or when you are studying, and how your workplace or college can support you.

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Physical activity, wellbeing and the importance of sleep

Good habits for staying fit and healthy while managing your type 1 diabetes.

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Eating, drinking and understanding carbohydrates

Practical information on eating out or on the “go” and how to fit diabetes into your everyday life.

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Staying safe when you travel

Travelling with diabetes may require extra planning. Find out how to prepare and plan for your trip.

Diabetes and school life

You can get some helpful tips on managing your diabetes at school at:

Where can you get NDSS products?

You can order your supplies at a NDSS Access Point (usually a community pharmacy).

  • Search healthdirect for a community pharmacy in your area.
  • Or call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700.

Find other health services and health professionals who can can assist in the management of your diabetes.

More information

Diabetes Youth Zone has been designed in partnership with young people living with type 1 diabetes. It’s your go-to guide for information, resources and tools for young people to confidently manage type 1 diabetes in the real world.

Diabetes Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country. We recognise their connection to land, waters, winds and culture. We pay the upmost respect to them, their cultures and to their Elders, past and present. We are committed to improving health outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by diabetes and those at risk.

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