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Diabetes: fitting in with your life

A guide about all things diabetes for young adults living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and their family and friends

Youth and Transitions GuideBeing diagnosed with diabetes as an adult can be very challenging. You may already have responsibilities including work, study or family, which all generally come with a regular routine.

A diagnosis of diabetes can disrupt any routine and potentially make you rethink future plans. The good news is, that people living with diabetes can do just about anything they set in their sights, however a little more planning and a new routine will likely need to be put in place.

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Young adults living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes

The topics covered in this guide are based on interviews and discussions with young adults and teenagers living with diabetes in South Australia. This has been an important collaboration between Diabetes SA and people living with diabetes and therefore provides a collection of personal stories, helpful hints, professional advice and national guidelines.

Getting started

  • Fitting a new diagnosis in with your adult life
  • Personal story – Tony
  • Moving on from paediatric to adult care
  • A diabetes team – your co-pilots
  • Members of the diabetes team
  • Public and private health – what are the differences? 
  • Saving YOU money on healthcare

Back to basics for day-to-day

  • Understanding Glucose Metabolism and the role of insulin 
  • Understanding diabetes and the aim of management 
  • Types of insulin for diabetes management
  • Insulin delivery
  • Rotation of injection sites and lipohypertrophy
  • Where to inject
  • Needle length
  • Using needles once
  • Storage of insulin
  • Blood glucose monitoring – a tool not a test
  • The HbA1c
  • Safe Sharps disposal
  • The Highs and Lows of managing BGLs
  • Hypoglycaemia – the lows
  • Hyperglycaemia – the highs
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis – type 1 diabetes only
  • Sick day management

Food, glorious food

  • Healthy eating, what is it?
  • Why carbohydrates count 
  • What is carbohydrate counting?
  • Tools available to count carbs
  • How does sugar fit in? 
  • How much carbohydrate to eat?
  • The Glycemic Index
  • Protein 
  • Fat 
  • Eating out
  • Coeliac disease 

Growing up and moving on

  • Moving out of home
  • For the family – supporting your loved ones
  • Telling new friends and partners

Fitting diabetes in with your life

  • The highs and lows of exercise and diabetes
  • Personal story – Claire
  • Being prepared for travel
  • Personal story – Mark
  • Studying and diabetes
  • Managing diabetes in the workplace
  • Discrimination in the workplace 
  • Diabetes and Driving
  • Diabetes and pregnancy – more than morning sickness and food cravings
  • Personal Story – Cadence
  • Partying – Dealing with alcohol, drugs and smoking
  • Survival tips for drinking alcohol safely
  • Drugs
  • Personal Story – Mary-Anne

Staying well and preventing complications

  • Staying well with diabetes
  • Personal Story – Rachel
  • Diabetes and emotional wellbeing – what's playing on your mind?
  • Online forums, websites & communities
  • Using technology for diabetes management

Additional information 

Diabetes SA membership

Kids & Teens

How to help