Lack of adequate social support hampers one's behavior to cope with the management of type 2 diabetes, as per a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. This is attributable to diabetes-related distress, especially among vulnerable populations.
The study utilized established clinical scales to measure perceived social support and perceived distress related to diabetes. Results demonstrated that increase in perceived social support significantly reduced diabetes-related distress.
"Too often diabetes treatment is understood as a simple process of taking medications and monitoring blood sugar. In reality, diabetes is a chronic condition that requires a great deal of mental and emotional energy, which when depleted, can impair care," says Clipper Young, PharmD, MPH, associate professor and a clinical pharmacist at Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine.
With the consequential effects of social support on diabetes-related distress, it is therefore required for clinicians to optimize diabetes management with a focus on perceived social support. This would result in better treatment outcomes and reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications.