Friends. School. Parents. Driving. Dating. Add type 1 diabetes, and your teenage life feels even more complicated. Too many competing priorities, not enough time, right?

Type 1 Teens outlines straightforward strategies and tips to help you manage your diabetes before it manages you. Crack it open for simple-to-use tools and insider advice. Find practical and realistic self-help, all in this do-it-in-a-snap guide.

Type 1 Teens gives you just want you need to own your diabetes, advocate for yourself, prevent diabetes burnout, and take back the control of your priorities.

About the Author

Korey K. Hood, PhD, has personal experience with diabetes. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a young adult. Coincidentally, it happened just a few months after starting graduate work in pediatric diabetes. Being diagnosed at this point in his life solidified the decision he made to do research and clinical work in pediatric diabetes and seemed to promote more enthusiasm for working in this area.

Dr. Hood's combination of education, career, and personal experiences in type 1 diabetes provide him with a unique perspective to engage teenagers with type 1 diabetes and attempt to promote their health and overall quality of life.

Dr. Hood completed his PhD in clinical and health psychology at the University of Florida, with a focus on pediatric and child clinical psychology, but the broad training included family work and individual work with adults with medical conditions.

Presently, Dr. Hood works at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, where he is part of a newly developed center that focuses on promoting adherence and self-management in pediatric chronic disease. He works exclusively in type 1 diabetes and has active projects on the influence of psychological factors on diabetes management and interventions for depressed adolescents with type 1 diabetes.

About the Illustrator
Bryan Ische is an illustrator and designer currently living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in 2009 with a BFA in Illustration. He does his best to enjoy the things that come and try not to forget the things that pass.
Reviews & Awards
  • ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year, Honorable Mention

With conversational prose, contemporary references, and scenarios that will resonate with teens, clinical psychologist Hood offers an accessible, supportive resource for youth diagnosed with type-1 diabetes. Covering a broad array of topics, from preventing "diabetes burnout" to managing medical needs in multiple settings, Hood provides practical advice about coping strategies, decision making, and even conflict resolution. Each chapter features an informative overview followed by specifics facts and a summary, and quizzes, checklists, and sample scripts enliven the text. Throughout, Hood emphasizes the importance of professional medical care and the value of self-advocacy and support. Also offered are frank guidelines for how diabetes may impact alcohol and drug use as well as sex. This direct, positive, encouraging title will help teens prioritize and manage their diabetes for better emotional and physical well-being. General medical information and suggested resources, including organizations to contact, round out the appended material.

Being different seems like an easy ticket to being an outcast. Type 1 Teens: A Guide to Managing Your Life With Diabetes is aimed at teens facing diabetes but want to live their life as any other teen would. Faced with the challenges of teenage life, it can be hard to manage one's disorder well, but Korey K. Hood gives readers a wise collection of advice and wisdom. Type 1 Teens is a fine gift for any teen in such a predicament or for any teenage health collection.
Midwest Book Review

Whether you are a teen with type 1 diabetes, or a health professional who works with them, I absolutely recommend that you read Type 1 Teens. Dr. Hood's book offers a treasure trove of positive, constructive, and helpful ideas that meet teens where they are, and it is written in an engaging, conversational style. This book is an accessible and practical guide that teens, and the adults around them, can return to whenever the going gets rough with diabetes.
—Tim Wysocki, PhD, pediatric psychologist, Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Hood has done an excellent job of combining research, clinical experience, and his own personal experience with diabetes to create a valuable resource. This book is user-friendly and addresses the most important topics for teens with type 1 diabetes. The exercises offer opportunities for teens to sort out how they feel about their diabetes and how to address problems that are unique to them. A must read for all teens with type 1 diabetes.
—Michael A. Harris, PhD, associate professor, pediatrics, and chief of psychology, Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, Oregon Health & Science University

Getting a diagnosis of insulin dependent diabetes triggers major coping issues for anyone. Add adolescence to the mix and stress levels zoom through the roof. Traveling the road to adulthood and establishing autonomy is hard enough without doctors, parents, and your own body reminding you of your vulnerabilities. Dr. Hood has done a fabulous job of bringing together the need-to-know essentials in a way that makes sense to teenagers and supports active positive coping. The book brings educational information and psychological strategies together in a uniquely powerful form uniquely suited helping Type 1 Teens master and triumph over diabetes.
—Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, ABPP, dean and professor, School of Health Sciences, Simmons College

Type 1 Teens is a must-have guide for teenagers (and their parents) dealing with the challenges of type 1 diabetes. Covering topics so important to the life of the teen—school, friends, parents—and tackling thorny issues such as sex, drugs, and depression, this book is written in an informative and non-judgmental style that will keep teens engaged, help them understand their feelings, and provide the necessary tools to gain more control over their diabetes.
—Stuart A Weinzimer, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine, medical director, Children's Type 1 Diabetes Program

Finally! A book about real life with diabetes for teens, a book that explores the hassles of living with diabetes (dealing with parents, feeling burned out, making new friends, and more) and provides simple, powerful solutions. Sure, diabetes isn't easy for teens, but it doesn't have to be impossible. And thanks to Dr. Hood, one of the leading experts in our field, and his wonderful new book, it may now become a little easier.
—William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE, chief executive officer, Behavioral Diabetes Institute, associate clinical professor, University of California, San Diego

Type 1 Teens is an essential book for adolescents of all ages with type 1 diabetes and their parents. This is the first guide I have seen which helps teens to problem-solve some of the toughest sticking points of living with diabetes in the adolescent years—how to negotiate with parents, how to solve problems involving peers, including dating, how to build and then help an "essential support roster" and an "expanded support roster". Dr. Hood provides a step-by-step practical guide to helping teens to own their diabetes, to advocate for themselves, and to recognize and manage early signs of "diabetes burnout". This book honestly speaks to the everyday dilemmas that come up in the lives of teens and how diabetes may complicate normal life happenings!
—Barbara Anderson, MD, professor of pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Korey Hood, PhD, has masterfully written an easy-to-read and engaging guide for teens living with type 1 diabetes. There are many expected pitfalls that confront the growing and developing adolescent with diabetes. This book offers compelling approaches to avoiding these hazards, using dialog that is understandable, humorous, and compassionate. There are no imperatives; rather Dr. Hood provides the teen with realistic choices and opportunities so that diabetes can become a priority AND fit into the unpredictable lifestyle of adolescence. I encourage teens with type 1 diabetes, their families, friends, and healthcare providers to read this book.
—Lori Laffel, MD, MPH, chief, Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Section; investigator, Genetics and Epidemiology Section, Joslin Diabetes Center; and associate professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School