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New roles in diabetes care

Empowerment is a philosophy that recognizes the fundamental right of people with diabetes to be the primary decision makers in the management of their condition. It represents a more compatible model of care and education needed for a self-managed illness such as diabetes.

Empowerment: a matter of choice

There has been an enormous change over the last 30 years in diabetes care and education in Germany and most of Western Europe. Nowadays, feelings of frustration have decreased for both healthcare professionals and people with diabetes, as it is finally becoming recognized just who is responsible for what.

Women with diabetes: facing double discrimination?

Being a woman and having diabetes can mean double discrimination for women all over the world. Even more so in many developing countries, where women, whether they have diabetes or not, still have to fight harder than ever to achieve equal rights and equal opportunities. This article, however, will not offer a helpless victim's point of view.

Defining the role of social workers in diabetes care

Talk to anyone with diabetes or their family members about living with such a complex condition and they will tell you about the many physical and psychological issues they continually face. This article highlights some of the principal psychosocial concerns affecting diabetes care and explains how social workers can help people to cope with the challenges and changes which are triggered by diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes and stress

While stress has long been considered an important factor in Type 2 diabetes, there has been very little experimental evidence to show how it might affect the development of the disease. This article looks at recent research evidence which demonstrates the relationship between stress and the onset and course of Type 2 diabetes and describes how simple stress management techniques can have a significant impact on long-term diabetes control.

Cognitive behaviour therapy: how to improve diabetes self-management

'It doesn't matter how hard I try, I'll still get the complications' is a typical example of how some people with diabetes feel when faced with the hardships of self-management and with the difficulty in controlling the condition despite all good intentions. It is, however, possible to escape from these negative feelings and gain renewed confidence in one's ability to manage diabetes, and in the positive impact of treatment on one's well-being, thanks to CBT – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Improving diabetes therapy: improving satisfaction

Research advances in diabetes have led to increased therapeutic options for people with the condition. This has led to increasing levels of satisfaction among the consumers of these treatment options – people with diabetes. One aspect of satisfaction deals specifically with the person's evaluation of medical treatments. Treatment satisfaction

Mountains, inspiration and conquering diabetes

"Some things are quite beyond the reach of the imagination. When Jerry Gore describes life clinging to a 1500 m cliff in sub-zero temperatures in one of the remotest corners of the earth, the mind struggles to conjure up the image." So began the motivational presentations to business of the mountaineer, Jerry Gore. However, despite many years' experience overcoming extreme and challenging conditions in the mountains, when Jerry, aged 40 years, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, he felt as if one of his life-lines had been severed.

Exploring the world mythology of diabetes

Myths are defined on the one hand as traditional stories concerning the early history of people or explaining a natural or social phenomenon; alternatively they represent a widely held but false belief. There are many half-truths, exaggerations and distortions of reality surrounding diabetes which fall into both of these categories. Myths, often passed from generation to generation as oral history, represent a link between the past and present generations. As such, they often contain elements of the truth.

Not the blank slate

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