A T1D Exchange study suggests there is a connection between the emotional well-being of people with type 1 diabetes and how proactive they are about treating hyperglycemia.
For the study, researchers with T1D Exchange Patient-Centered Research analyzed responses of more than 500 people with type 1 diabetes about their overall emotional well-being and how they treat hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. The researchers zeroed in on respondents’ answers about how they treated high blood sugars and their emotional well-being.
What the analysis found was that taking immediate action to correct high blood sugar levels was associated with less generalized anxiety, depression, and diabetes distress, as well as lower self-reported A1C. By contrast, worrying about high blood sugar levels and avoiding situations that may lead to hyperglycemia were associated with higher generalized anxiety, depression, and diabetes distress.
The study results were presented at the 2019 meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) in Houston, Texas. The study was funded by Eli Lilly and Company.
This is one of a growing number of studies that point to the need to provide emotional and psychological support for blood sugar management, according to Jingwen Liu, PhD, a T1D Exchange data analyst. There has been minimal research on the connection between emotional well-being and hyperglycemia, and further research will be needed to understand this relationship.
“Our research shows that there are many layers of emotional and behavioral reactions to hyperglycemia, with some being appropriate and adaptive, while others are more problematic. We as researchers and clinicians need to do a better job encouraging appropriate responses to hyperglycemia and addressing the problematic ones ” said Dr. Liu.
Dr. Liu would like to thank the T1D Exchange Glu members who took part in the study.
This was one of several studies presented at the AADE meeting. You can view the others here.