Raising a teenager with diabetes presents unique challenges for parents. Sometimes diabetes manifests itself during the teen years, especially Maturity-Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY) or type 2 diabetes, which has increased among teens in recent years due mainly to the increased number of overweight teens. Teenagers find it hard to adjust to diabetes because they`re already undergoing so many physical, social and emotional changes and are concerned about being accepted by peers. Teens diagnosed during childhood might find it easier to adjust to adolescence.

The fluctuating hormones that affect teenage development also cause more ups and downs in blood glucose levels. You might need to monitor your teen`s treatment regimen more closely to ensure that he or she maintains a stable blood glucose. Menstrual periods can also affect the blood glucose of teenage girls; if that happens, consult your child`s doctor.


Reviewed by Clara Schneider MS, RD, RN, CDE, LDN - 05/13