June 6, 2013

Hey Honey, I shrunk the Kids – and their HbA1c


shrinkAn article published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings  explains that psychological  treatment improves HbA1c in some adolescents with T1D.

Kids will be kids. Add a strict regimen of glucose testing, insulin dosing, and food intake accountability and the admission rate to the gold star club drops exponentially. Can psychological intervention within diabetes treatment boost acceptance rate to this elite club?

Researchers found that patients seen in an endocrinology clinic who received concurrent psychological treatment showed to have an improved rate of adherence to their diabetes control regiment and HbA1c.

Three patient groups were examined, all receiving T1D treatment with the endocrinology clinic: one group who received psychotherapy, one group did not receive any mental health treatment, and one group chose not to receive psychotherapy.

Over 1 year, the treatment group had a sustained decrease in HgbA1c while the control group and group that opted for no psychotherapy had an overall increase in HgbA1c.

The treatment group had HgbA1c values that were not significantly different from patients who were not considered in need of psychological treatment.

The adolescents that were suggested to partake in the pediatric psychology service saw decreased HgbA1c values over time. Taking advantage of your mental health, if need be, can prove to be therapeutic for your diabetes health, in adolescence.

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