Diabetes in special groups

Lloyd, Cathy E. and Sinclair, Alan J. (2012). Diabetes in special groups. In: Barnard, Katharine D. and Lloyd, Cathy E. eds. Psychology and Diabetes Care: A Practical Guide. London: Springer-Verlag, pp. 103–133.

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Individuals can experience diabetes and its comorbidities in a range of ways, and the psychological consequences are varied. Some groups in society have a higher risk of developing diabetes, particularly individuals of South Asian descent, and other groups, for example, older people, may experience greater difficulties with monitoring their diabetes and with the development of diabetes complications. These challenges for "special groups" of people with diabetes can impact on their psychological wellbeing and thus have implications for practice. This chapter aims to consider four such "special groups": older people, women who experience pregnancy and childbirth, individuals from minority ethnic groups, and people with multiple health conditions or "comorbidities". Through the consideration of these groups, the chapter highlights the importance of individualized person-centered care which incorporates psychological aspects of diabetes into holistic treatment and care.

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