Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Transition to Adult Healthcare: Growing Up

The pressures of growing up are difficult for everyone. When you are a young adult with a chronic health condition, you have many extra responsibilities to manage. Decisions about drinking, dating and other aspects of adulthood are even more difficult

Watch this video to hear some advice from other young adults on drinking, friendship and dating.

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Why is it important to be open with your healthcare team?

It’s important to know that your healthcare providers don't ask you personal questions for the sake of just finding out about your lifestyle choices. Their ultimate goal is to provide the best care for you. It's not just about drinking, but it’s about how it will affect your disease process itself. Your care team needs to know if you are drinking or using drugs so they can make the best decisions about your care.

If you're sexually active, it’s important to understand the impact that pregnancy has on your transition. Pregnancy will speed up the transition to adult healthcare because pediatric specialists aren’t equipped to provide the best care for pregnant patients.

You should feel comfortable talking to your doctor about anything. We are here to provide support, to educate you about the impact of your lifestyle choices on your disease; we are not here to judge you.

Here is what you need to know

 

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