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Young Voices: Living With Diabetes


Following diagnosis, young people with type 1 diabetes are faced with new challenges and responsibilities that their peers may not experience.

DAWN Youth is one of Novo Nordisk‚Äôs major global leadership initiatives that helps to understand and address the diabetes attitudes, wishes and needs of children and young people who already have or at risk of developing diabetes, and their caregivers.

In an effort to address issues identified in the DAWN Youth WebTalk Survey and further explore what teens and young adults living with type 1 diabetes want and need to better their lives, Novo Nordisk, in partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Discovery Health, hosted an innovative interactive forum for youth in New York City on World Diabetes Day, November 14, 2008.

We also partnered with Discovery Health and JDRF to develop six video shorts, three of which were featured at the Forum. Each video showcases a teen/young adult sharing how they deal with life transitions while managing their type 1 diabetes.

View the videos and see what teens and young adults are saying about life with diabetes.

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  • Allison

    Learn about the particular challenges faced by a young newlywed with diabetes.

  • Darian

    Darian does not allow his diabetes to interfere with his academic career.

  • Dennis

    See how this EMT balances a demanding career with healthy diabetes management.

  • Devin

    Away at college and managing her diabetes on her own, Devin (and her mother) ease their fears of hypoglycemia.

  • Erin

    A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes took Erin from a radical diet to healthy food choices.

  • Rick

    After a hypoglycemic incident on the field, this high school football player learns how to stay in the game.