By Ruzanna Harutyunyan for EmaxHealth.com
Data from a new global survey released on World Diabetes Day finds that many teens and young adults with type 1 diabetes are optimistic about their future, but report a lack of support from school staff. The poll highlights the importance of family and peer-to-peer support.
The DAWN Youth WebTalk Survey was conducted in partnership with the International Diabetes Federation and the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes as part of DAWN Youth, Novo Nordisk’s major global leadership initiative to understand and address the attitudes, wishes and needs of children and young people with or at risk of developing diabetes, and their families.
“The DAWN Youth WebTalk Survey demonstrates the serious issues faced by young people living with type 1 diabetes and their desire for peer-to-peer support and improved care and education during the school day,” said Barbara Anderson, Ph.D., DAWN Youth Advisor and professor at the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. “These findings can help shape diabetes initiatives for teens and young adults living with type 1 diabetes.”
In an effort to bring the Dawn Youth WebTalk Survey results to life and further explore what teens and young adults living with type 1 diabetes want and need to better their lives, Novo Nordisk, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Discovery Health and Discovery Education, are hosting an interactive youth forum in New York City on World Diabetes Day, entitled, “Young Voices: Life With Diabetes.” Event ambassadors affected by type 1 diabetes include ESPN reporter Brian Kenny, Formula 3 racecar driver Charlie Kimball, Miss Black USA 2007 Kalilah Harris, former Mets player Todd Zeile, and country music star Steve Wariner among others, who will be present to lend their support. At the forum, JDRF will launch a first-of-its-kind, user-generated online community – Juvenation – for teens and young adults living with type 1 diabetes.