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American Diabetes Association

Type 1 Diabetes Increasing As Medical Teams Shrink

Type 1 Diabetes Increasing As Medical Teams Shrink

In the 15 months since Brian Lybeck's Type 1 Diabetes' diagnosis, the seventh grader and his family have worked with four different diabetes educators at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Like their counterparts at other diabetes practices, the educators left for other jobs.

Jonathan Chappell, 38, developed the chronic disease, formerly called juvenile diabetes, at the age of 23. When the Wallingford resident sought to switch endocrinologists a decade ago, several practices were too full to take new Type 1 Diabetics unless they had aged out of pediatric care. Yale-New Haven Hospital's Diabetes Center would take him, he said, but the office had such a backlog, he had to wait six...