Study finds type 1 and type 2 diabetes are equally psychologically challenging in young adults

image of Women exercising fighting diabetes by Diabetes Insight Cork IrelandNew research shows that young adults with type 2 diabetes experience similar levels of depression and anxiety symptoms as young adults with type 1 diabetes, according to a world-first study published in Diabetic Medicine journal.

The study was performed by The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes and its release coincides with Mental Health Week commencing 6 October.

Lead researcher and Research Fellow at Deakin University’s School of Psychology, Dr Jessica Browne said: “People often perceive type 1 diabetes to be more serious and more demanding than type 2 diabetes. But the results of our study show that young adults with type 2 diabetes are as depressed and anxious as age-matched adults with type 1 diabetes. This suggests that, in terms of their mental health, young adults with type 2 diabetes are more similar to young adults with type 1 diabetes than to older adults with type 2 diabetes.

“This has implications for the provision of healthcare services and support for young adults with type 2 diabetes, who may need more intensive psychological and self-care support than previously thought.

“As the number of young adults with type 2 diabetes continues to rise, healthcare providers need to consider the ways in which information, support and services can be tailored to meet the needs of these young adults.

See the full abstract at:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dme.12566/abstract