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Diabetes distress 

Diabetes distress
Diabetes distress

Norbert Hermanns

, Marijke A. Bremmer

, and Frank J. Snoek

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date: 15 January 2021

Diabetes distress is a common emotional response in people with diabetes. It is associated with depression and has a negative impact on quality of life and diabetes control. This chapter reviews current concepts of diabetes-specific distress. Diabetes-related distress is defined as an emotional response to stressors, fears, and worries associated with the burden of living with and managing the chronic disease diabetes mellitus. Evidence to date on point prevalence, persistence of diabetes distress, and incidence in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes are reviewed as well as the associations between diabetes distress and depression. Conceptual and clinical implications for the assessment and management of diabetes distress are discussed.

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