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Diabetes in Youth

The purpose of the American Diabetes Association Interest Group on Diabetes in Youth is to promote the needs of children and adolescents with diabetes, and to emphasize the importance of patient education, teaching, and research.

Interest Group Chair
Linda A. DiMeglio, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Indiana University - Wells Center for Pediatric Research
Indianapolis, Indiana


Association Position Statement

Diabetes Care for Emerging Adults: Recommendations for Transition from Pediatric to Adult Diabetes Care Systems

  Published in the November 2011 issue of Diabetes Care

  This Position Statement, which provides a framework for health care delivery during the transition 

  period, aims to help health care providers understand the needs of this unique population living with 

  type 1 and type 2 diabetes and help the emerging adult experience a smoother transition from pediatric 

  to adult care. The Position Statement also provides an agenda that calls for ongoing and expanding 

  research initiatives addressing this group including the continued training and identification of adult 

  providers versed not only in the medical care but also in the psychosocial needs of the young adult with 



The next decade should see the emergence of evidence-based strategies that support best practices for the growing numbers of young adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes who will be making this important transition.


"This Position Statement is the culmination of a two-day conference that brought together a multidisciplinary panel of experts ranging from pediatric endocrinology, student health services, behavioral health, to primary care," explained Shana Funk, Director, Youth and Family Strategic Planning. "It's an excellent example of how a collaboration between different organizations, professional societies and government agencies can result in a reference that will help emerging adults navigate their way through their transition years."

Focused Sessions and
Continuing Education Credit Offered at ADA Events
Topic-focused sessions on research and treatment of diabetes in children are offered. CE credit is available for these professional education activities at the live events, including the Annual Scientific Sessions. After the meeting, you may view these special sessions online.
Webcast highlights from recent meetings include:

Presentation: Keeping Kids with Diabetes Safe at School. Presented by: Crystal Jackson, American Diabetes Association.

73rd Scientific Sessions (June 21-25, 2013 Chicago, Illinois)

Session: Moving Toward a Cure in Type 1 Diabetes

73rd Scientific Sessions (June 21-25, 2013 Chicago, Illinois) 

Session: Interest Group Discussion: Type 1 Diabetes Exchange

72nd Scientific Sessions (June 8 - 12, 2012 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 

Presentation: Technology and Youth - How Can Children, Adolescents, and Emerging Adults Benefit from New Technology? (Korey K. Hood)

72nd Scientific Sessions (June 8 - 12, 2012 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 

Session:The Experience of Children and Youth with Diabetes—An International Perspective

71st Scientific Sessions (June 24 - 28, 2011 San Diego, California) 
70th Scientific Sessions (June 25 - 29, 2010 Orlando, Florida)

Session: Pediatric Diabetes - Clinical Aspects of Beta Cell Function

70th Scientific Sessions (June 25 - 29, 2010 Orlando, Florida)


To view all live, online and print ADA Professional Education opportunities, please visit Professional Education.