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Young diabetes patients "depressed"

A quarter of young people with diabetes are suffering from severe depression, a new study claims.

Researchers found more than one in three young diabetics have some form of depression, while 10% exhibit the symptoms.

The study by Fremantle Hospital in Western Australia and the University of Western Australia looked at 92 young people with type 1 diabetes with an average age of 22.

The research published in the journal Diabetic Medicine discovered those with depressive symptoms have poorer blood sugar control, putting them at risk of complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness.

There are around 25,000 people with type 1 diabetes under the age of 25 in the UK, and the charity Diabetes UK said young adults often struggle to manage their condition.

Simon O'Neill, director of care, information and advocacy services at Diabetes UK, said: "We are deeply concerned about these research findings.

"Young people with type 1 diabetes need to feel that they are receiving the right support and advice when it comes to managing their condition to help reduce their levels of psychological distress.

"This will also help their diabetes control and will prevent them from developing the various complications of diabetes."

Diabetic Medicine

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"Absolutely. Support is needed for this age group because they normally don't listen or want to hear what their parents say anyway. These young people need an authority figure who has the information and knowledge to give to them, so they will want to adhere to the regime that is so necessary" - J Haley, Ohio

"More support, aabsolutely. Social workers in this field are not utilised enough for the emotional information and education that they can give to this population. This condition has a big impact on young people for years. They will have to adhere to treatment without slipping up. Here in my clinical practice the doctor does not support me as a social worker and I am not fully utilsed which is sad as I watch this population go under served. Diabetes is going to grow due to poor nutrition and obesity. Dialysis is going to grow and we need these people to understand the far reaching consequences that poor diet and poor inconsistent care and depression as a catalyst will have on them. Yes - education and support" - Tracy Tschanz, Sacramento, California