Maintaining family relations and healthy glycemic control through adolescence poses a significant challenge for many Type 1 families. In addition to the emotional toll and stress that families experience around diabetes care tasks, poor metabolic control puts kids at risk of experiencing DKA and other serious medical consequences. With serious health concerns in the mix simply “riding out” the teen years becomes a difficult option to embrace.
While many factors play a role in making adolescence a challenging time, clinical studies show a strong link between emotions, depression and metabolic control. Depression, diabetes distress and anxiety can all have a negative impact on a person’s ability to maintain healthy glycemic control.
In recent years, behavioral therapy models have been adapted to specifically address diabetes behaviors and beliefs. These treatment approaches have been shown to significantly improve family function, treatment adherence as well as glycemic control.
Additionally, a recent article in Diabetes Care sites a clinical study that concluded that people who participated in video-conferencing therapy experienced the same level of improvement as those who participated in conventional face to face therapy sessions. At one point or another, everyone reaches a stage where they could benefit from an emotional tune up. Now research shows that getting that support can be more convenient and flexible than ever with the option of remote appointments.