The number of children and young adults with type 1 diabetes has doubled
in the past 25 years and is expected to double again in the next 15-20
years. Young adults with type 1 diabetes represent an underserved population
with much needed attention. Hoag's Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes
Center offers theHerbert Family Program which focuses on meeting the unique
needs of young adults with type 1 diabetes (age 18-30s). The program addresses
the financial, psychological, social and physical changes that challenge
not only the young adult but also their family and support system.
"This period of adulthood is critical for ensuring the successful
management of diabetes because this age group is faced with many changes
and challenges as they move out of their parent's homes, begin supporting
themselves, embrace new lifestyles and support systems," says Kris
Iyer, M.D., executive medical director for the Allen Diabetes Center.
"The Herbert Family Program helps young adults navigate through this
challenging period by providing resources and a healthy support system
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