Study Suggests Greater Social Support Linked to Lower Diabetes Distress

Medical Xpress
by AOA Media Team, American Osteopathic Association
November 9, 2020

New research reveals a perceived lack of support from family and friends affects a patient's ability to manage type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Among vulnerable populations, the necessary modifications to daily lifestyle can be difficult to maintain without adequate social support, leading to diabetes-related distress that derails treatment.

Researchers found that as perceived increased, -related decreased. The scales used are established clinical tools that measure perceived social support and perceived distress related to diabetes.

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