Positive relationships with parents, physicians key for adolescents with type 1 diabetes

Having a support system may be important for individuals with type 1 diabetes, since friends and family are sometimes able to recognize signs of blood sugar changes in their loved ones and alert them to this issue.

However, a recent article published by Utah-based Fox 13 News indicates that good parent-child relationships may be especially important for teens who have type 1 diabetes.

The news organization cited a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah, which found that there was a direct association between positive parental bonds and good diabetes management among adolescents.

"Our work has found that even though the adolescent can do the diabetes management tasks, the more involved the parents are, the better it is for their adherence to the medical regimen," said psychology professor Cindy Berg, quoted by the news source.

The news provider noted that fathers of the study participants appeared to play an important role in reminding teens to take their diabetes medications and monitor their blood sugar levels.

Similarly, a recent study published in the journal Medical Care showed that ongoing relationships with medical providers improve the health status of individuals with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes.

The investigation's results found that the most important factors in sustaining this type of patient-doctor rapport were having enough time to cover all inquiries during appointments, allowing patient-centered decision-making and feeling a strong connection with the place of care.

Parents who schedule medical appointments for their children with type 1 diabetes may consider taking this information into account in order to encourage effective diabetes management.

According to the National Institutes of Health, diabetes is among the most common diseases in school-age children. The organization estimates that more than 180,000 Americans under the age of 20 are diagnosed with the condition annually.