Treating diabetes distress yields ‘dramatic’ improvements

Adults with type 1 diabetes who took part in programs designed for improving emotional reactions and education related to the disease reported less diabetes distress than those who did not participate in such programs, according to findings published in Diabetic Medicine.

“Diabetes distress refers to the often hidden emotional burdens, stresses and worries that result from managing a demanding chronic disease like type 1 diabetes over time,” Danielle Hessler, PhD, associate professor of family community medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues wrote. “Notably, few systematic interventions have aimed directly at reducing diabetes distress among adults with type 1 diabetes.”

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