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Resources for young people with diabetes

Getting your head around diabetes and working out ways to deal with it is important so you can get on with enjoying your life. If you are aged 16 to 25 years and have diabetes, you’ll find these resources helpful.

Information sheets for young people with type 1 diabetes

If you’ve got diabetes, there’s important stuff you need to think about…

Young women with diabetes: your periods, contraception, pregnancy and diabetes

If you’re a young woman with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, there are some things you need to know about your menstrual cycle, contraception, pregnancy and diabetes—even if having a baby is the last thing on your mind!

If you are having sex, you need to use reliable contraception

If you are thinking about having sex or are already sexually active, this is a good time to talk to your diabetes health care team or GP about pregnancy, contraception and diabetes.

Using reliable contraception is important until you are ready to start planning for a baby. There are a number of contraceptive choices available to women with diabetes. Unprotected sexual contact puts you at risk of an unplanned pregnancy or contracting a sexually transmitted infection.

Discuss contraception options with your diabetes health professionals or GP—you may have to try a few different methods before you find the one that’s right for you.

Moving on up: transitioning to adult health care services

This booklet is a guide for young people with type 1 diabetes (their parents or guardians) transitioning from child to adult health care services. It focuses on the challenges and opportunities that young people could face as they become young adults. The guide has information on how to live well with diabetes through this phase and importantly, the management of diabetes and the support available to you.

Continuous glucose monitoring

This guide provides information to help you access continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) products through the NDSS.

Read more about CGM, the available devices and their compatibility with your pump or smartphone, and the CGM subsidy.

Youth surveys and outcomes

Have you participated in a survey of young people living with diabetes?

Have you participated in a survey and want to know the outcome?

The outcomes from these surveys are available for you to read. Find out more at reports.

The NDSS and you

A wide range of services and support is available through the NDSS to help you manage your diabetes. The services, education programs and subsidised products available, can help you stay on top of your diabetes. You can also call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700.