#Type1uncut was set up to provide a series of online resources to help young adults with Type 1 diabetes manage their condition: it includes videos about what it is like to live with Type 1 diabetes - from chats about sex to tips on dealing with over-caring parents – with an emphasis on not sugar-coating the issues. Followers can communicate on Twitter and Google Hangouts. Life expectancy (although improving) is reduced by up to 11-13 years (2015) for a person with the condition, and national policy has highlighted failings in the effective transition of young adults from paediatric to adult care. The project’s intended beneficiaries are an extremely vulnerable group facing significant life changes which occur between the ages of 18 and 30.
There are approximately 80,000 children and young adults living with diabetes across the UK and the incidence of Type 1 diabetes in this group is increasing by approximately 4% per year. The hazard ratios of death with diabetes versus those without diabetes are highest in the 20-39 year age group, and national policy has identified failings in the effective transition of young adults from paediatric to adult care.
To develop a resource that would be attractive and relevant to the young adult Type 1 population in the UK and fill a gap in service provision that currently exists for this demographic. The resource would be in a format that as many people as possible can readily access as and when they need to. Peer support should play a vital role.
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