Health professionals know that certain factors can powerfully influence a diabetic person’s self-management. Research shows that health care and quality of life affect diabetics’ reported state of well-being.
Complex medical studies found that those with diabetes report better quality of life than people who have a variety of other chronic conditions (such as cardiac problems, epilepsy with seizures, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, stroke and lung problems).
What factors are considered when “quality of life “ is measured? Types of diabetes (type 1 or type 2), the duration of the diabetic condition and the form of treatment with diet, oral medication or insulin injections are all factors in the assessment.
There are both acute and chronic problems associated with hypoglycemia. Medicine treatment intensity and frequency are issues. The frequency and duration of hypoglycemia influences the measurement of the life burden. Then there are demographic and gender differences to factor into the quality of life measures. Men do better than women.
Increasing age seems to be associated with lower quality of life scores in some areas of physical function and well-being. This is not a surprising result as increasing age impacts many areas of life. However, it is necessary to plan for this outcome across all spectra.
Another predictable result is that those with more education or income generally report better quality of life than those that do not. Fortunately, other factors influence quality of life such as belief system, social support, health management style and personality. One can work on improving support, positivity and coping methods.
On the basis of research, the medical profession may consider blood glucose lowering agents and alternative insulin delivery systems. Clearly, education and counselling are both valuable for enhancing coping skills. Education is a wonderful tool and there can never be enough.
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