Adults with Type 1 diabetes experience ‘diabetes distress’, even when using continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), according to findings presented at the Association of Diabetes Care & Educational Specialists Annual Conference.
The researchers asked 244 adults with Type 1 diabetes who used a Dexcom CGM to complete the two-item Diabetes Distress Scale, which asks participants if they are feeling overwhelmed by the demands of living with diabetes and feeling as if they are often failing with their diabetes regimen. Data comparison indicated moderate distress in the sample.
Younger participants were more likely to have a higher distress score on the two-item scale than older participants, and those with a higher HbA1c were also more likely to have more distress than participants with a lower HbA1c.
“One of the benefits of CGM is that it helps to streamline diabetes management, which may help to make daily diabetes management easier,” said Katherine S. Chapman BA, research manager, and Caitlin S. Kelly PhD, research scientist at T1D Exchange, “It makes sense to us that the difficulty of living with diabetes — the emotional burden of having a chronic illness that invades every part of your daily life — would still be difficult even if some aspects of management are made easier through CGM.”
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