Young Adulthood and Unique Challenges in Living with Type 1 Diabetes
Keywords:Type 1 diabetes, Transition to adulthood, Diabetes care, Young adults
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) presents young adults with unique challenges in managing a diabetes while they navigate transition from adolescence to adulthood. This article presents a narrative review of literature pertaining to challenges surrounding diabetes care in young adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Methods: A literature search was conducted in CINAHL, PubMed and Web of Science for studies related to diabetes care in young adults with T1D. The search was completed using various combinations of diabetes, T1D, diabetes care/management, challenges, and barriers in English. Results: Based on the study findings the most challenges experienced by young adults were associated to “psychosocial challenges”, “life style change”, “lack of supportive network”, and “delivery of diabetes care.” However, diabetes education particularly related to life style is necessary; individualized psychosocial and behavioral interventions should be considered as an essential part of diabetes care systems. A more supportive health care system and community can impact positively on quality of life and diabetes care in young adults living with T1D.
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