Study: Psychosocial Distress May Impact Teens’ Diabetes Management

Coping with diabetes as an adolescent can trigger social and psychological distress. When the distress isn’t managed, the diabetes is also often not managed appropriately. 

A new study, led by Korey Hood, a psychologist at the University of California, San Francisco, has found that teens with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who are struggling emotionally with their disease are more likely to show signs of elevated blood sugar, reports Reuters.

The study included more than 1,300 children over the age of 10 whose mental and physical health were tracked for about six years. In particular, Hood’s team was interested in the connection between poor quality of life and its impact on a teen’s ability to manage his or her blood sugar.

Michael Scharf, a psychiatrist at the University of Rochester Medical Center and unaffiliated with the study, told Reuters: ““I hope that a study like this can help raise awareness that monitoring a patient and a family’s stress level should really be part of care before it becomes a problem.” 

The findings appeared in the Journal of Adolescent Health.