Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Youth-Diabetes-Stigma

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Youth-Diabetes-Stigma

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TORONTO - At 16, Michael Wright was shocked to learn he had developed Type 1 diabetes.

Not only did he have to learn how to manage the condition with frequent blood-sugar checks and insulin injections, he quickly became aware of the stigma associated with having a chronic disease that set him apart from most of his peers.

The now 22-year-old Montreal university student says he was embarrassed to do the injections in front of people.

Intense physical activity can also play havoc with blood-sugar levels.

Wright played hockey and soccer, and found it upsetting when he would have to bench himself periodically during a game to stabilize his glucose.

A McGill University researcher says for teens and young adults with Type 1 diabetes, the stigma can be a major issue at a time when they are faced with the stresses of going to school, starting jobs and embarking on romantic relationships. …

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