Type 1 Diabetes Puts Strain on Marriage
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“The cumulative toll of management may be more than the sum of individual stressors,” Trief and her colleagues write.
On a more positive note, participants often mentioned the benefits of technology, including insulin pumps and continuous blood sugar sensors. Most mentioned the improvements in quality of life from these devices, such as greater freedom and decreased burden of multiple injections.
However, in some cases the technology made the partner feel less involved with the patient's self-care, with some not knowing how to work the devices or what to do if there was a problem. “That kind of surprised me, though it wasn’t necessarily negative,” Trief says.
Trief says this preliminary information serves as a springboard for further research.
In the meantime, she advises doctors: “If you’re thinking of understanding the whole patient, that means understanding their relationships.”
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