Type 1 diabetes management can leave teens feeling stressed out

Thu, 22 Apr 2010
According to a diabetes study that monitored 147 teens with type 1 diabetes, managing their condition can cause high levels of stress. Monitoring blood glucose levels and administering insulin may be stressing teens out.

The study found that younger teens who took greater responsibility for their own care and who had greater conflict with parents also became less diligent about monitoring their blood sugar levels, and as a consequence had higher average levels.

Korey Hood of the University of Cincinnati was reported as saying: "What you tend to see as you look at large-scale clinical data is that A1c trends from the age of 12 or 13 steadily climb into young adulthood, and then it starts to decline in the mid-20s."
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