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Young adults

Taking more control of your diabetes can be difficult. It doesn't matter if this is because you're starting your first job, moving out, or you're just starting to take more responsibility at home. 

Diabetes doesn't have to affect your social life, relationships or your education. We can help you get to grips being more independent. 

University and diabetes

Starting university

University is all about having new experiences, making new friends and learning. We've got some info to make sure you get off to the best possible start.
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Our Lives, Our Choices, Our Voices programme

We're working with young people across the UK aged 11-25 on our new youth programme to help others living with diabetes feel less alone.
Sex, dating and relationships

Sex, dating and relationships

We all go through some awkward moments when it comes to sex and relationships . We spoke to couples and sex, relationships and Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes and drinking alcohol

Being able to drink is part of growing up. Find out more about managing Type 1 when you're drinking.
Moving into adult care

Moving into adult care

Moving into adult care is difficult, and sometimes frustrating. Here you can find all our advice on how to get the best out of the services your area provides

Kaja's story

Kaja had to adapt to uni life with diabetes, after being diagnosed in her first term.

Tattoos and piercings with diabetes

If you're thinking about getting a tattoo or piercing as long as your diabetes is within range, there shouldn’t be a problem.
drugs and diabetes

Recreational drugs and diabetes

We don't advise that you do drugs. But if you do, it's important to know how this can affect your diabetes and how to stay safe.

Kurtis's story

Kurtis moved into adult care when he was 18 when he moved to uni. He shares his experience of moving with us.

Need support?

Diabetes UK Helpline

Got a question about Type 1? You can talk to us about any anything from getting settled in at uni, moving diabetes team, accessing support, or managing your Type 1 diabetes on nights out.

And we know that becoming more independent means big changes for parents too. If you want to talk to us, we’re here.






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