Study suggests stigma around Type 1 diabetes puts young people at risk

A new study suggests the stigma surrounding diabetes leads many young people to neglect their health, bringing them dangerously close to medical emergencies.

According to today's Journal of Medical Internet Research 65% of respondents between 14 and 24 experienced some kind of stigma related to their Type 1 diabetes.

Experts say that stigma could put young people at risk for short and long term complications and can even be a major issue while young people deal with the stresses of school, starting jobs, and even embarking on romantic relationships.

The cause of Type 1 diabetes is unknown - it is not caused by eating too much sugar and is not preventable according to Diabetes Canada. Only about 10% of people with diabetes have Type 1 - it usually develops in childhood or adolescence, but can sometimes develop in adulthood as well.