DAWN2 study results on families: the hidden burden of diabetes

Previous studies have shown that people with diabetes experience more distress, worry, fear and negative quality of life than those without diabetes.1 Their families have similar experiences. For this reason, diabetes has been referred to as a ‘family affair’.2 How the family communicates around living with diabetes can influence diabetes management outcomes. It is, therefore, important to consider the positive and negative aspects of managing diabetes, the support provided by the family and needed by the person with diabetes, and the relationship this has with successful diabetes self-management. It is also important to consider what support families need to appropriately manage their burden, so they are able and prepared to support their family member living with diabetes.2

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