How can clinical psychologists support the care of adults with diabetes?
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3w ago
A consensus report highlights several ways in which psychologists add value By Chelsea Chum Managing diabetes can be difficult and stressful. It can create a heavy mental and emotional burden. This is known as diabetes distress. Clinical psychologists are experts in mental health and behavioural disorders. They are trained to deliver assessment and diagnostic tools. They know how to effectively share their knowledge with health teams to guide person-centred care.   An international group of psychologists specialising in diabetes have published a paper. It focuses on how psycholo ..read more
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Understanding the experiences of Aboriginal teenagers with type 2 diabetes
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by ACBRD
1M ago
Researchers from Western Australia provide insights into impact, challenges and cultural nuances to improve care strategies By Sienna Russell-Green In Australia, as in many places around the world, type 2 diabetes (T2D) is becoming more common among teenagers. In Western Australia, T2D is more likely to affect Aboriginal teens than non-Aboriginal teens. However, there is very little information about how Aboriginal teens and their families cope with the diagnosis of T2D. Some Aboriginal families live far from cities, so accessing healthcare can be tricky. Historical contexts and cultural facto ..read more
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What are the support needs of pregnant women living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes?
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by ACBRD
1M ago
By Alison Robinson Being pregnant can be stressful. There’s appointments, scans, and information overload. And for women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, pregnancy can add stress to managing blood glucose levels and worry about risk of complications during pregnancy and/or birth. For these reasons, it’s important that women with pre-existing diabetes get the support they need before and during pregnancy. But what should that support look like? Researchers at McMaster University in Canada asked three questions about women with pre-existing diabetes in pregnancy: What influences glucose levels ..read more
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How can we reduce screen use during meals?
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by ACBRD
2M ago
An Australian study explores the experiences of mothers with young children By Laura Jenkins One-third of young children in Australia use screens during meals every day. Screen use includes TV, tablets, and smartphones. Research shows that children who use screens during meals often lack adequate nutrition. This association is stronger in families with lower income and education levels. So, it is important to identify strategies that help families to reduce the use of screens during meals. Researchers at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) have put a focus on this area. Th ..read more
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What is the impact of low and high blood glucose in everyday life?
The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes
by ACBRD
3M ago
American research shows glucose levels affect accuracy and reaction time By Dr Uffe Søholm Hypoglycaemia, or low blood glucose, is common among adults with insulin-treated diabetes. When glucose levels fall, the person with diabetes can experience a range of symptoms.  In the past, researchers have looked at the effects of hypos on everyday brain functions, such as thinking, learning, attention, memory, and reaction time. But they have done this in in the safety of hospital-based experiments. Here, researchers lower blood glucose in a controlled way, and conduct various tests to examine t ..read more
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The ACBRD at #ASBHM2024
The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes
by ACBRD
3M ago
Our research at the 2024 Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine Scientific Conference by Dr Elizabeth Holmes-Truscott This month, members of the ACBRD team went to Adelaide to take part in the 2024 Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine Scientific Conference. This conference features the latest health psychology and behavioural science research from around Australia and New Zealand. Researchers from other countries also take part. Presentations focus on the psychosocial aspects of living with health conditions (e.g. cancer, diabetes, obesity). There is also ..read more
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Supporting women with gestational diabetes: the value of online resources
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by ACBRD
4M ago
US authors summarise the evidence on how online interventions and support groups can help women manage gestational diabetes By Dr Eloise Litterbach Around 50,000 Australians are diagnosed with gestational diabetes (GDM) during pregnancy each year. Managing GDM involves monitoring glucose levels, being physically active, healthy eating and sometimes medication. People with GDM often need additional health professional visits during pregnancy and receive a brief education session. For some, GDM can come as a shock and cause added stress on top of the physical and emotional demands of pregnancy ..read more
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Having a conversation – the importance of checking emotional wellbeing as part of diabetes clinical care
The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes
by ACBRD
7M ago
A new study reports how emotional wellbeing in young adults with type 1 diabetes was regularly checked as part of clinical care at a Queensland hospital By Dr Joanne Jordan Living with diabetes, day in day out, can affect a person’s emotional wellbeing. Many people experience negative emotions, e.g. stress, frustration, worry, anger, loneliness, sadness. Diabetes distress refers to these negative emotional responses. Research shows that diabetes distress is linked with depression and higher blood glucose levels. It is recommended that health professionals need to monitor the emotional wellbein ..read more
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Global Launch of the Pledge to #EndDiabetesStigma
The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes
by ACBRD
7M ago
On World Diabetes Day 2023, a unique event was held to kickstart the collective commitment and action needed to stop the harmful effects of diabetes stigma across the world By Dr Uffe Søholm Diabetes stigma refers to the negative social judgements, stereotypes, and biases about diabetes that affect people with diabetes all over the world. In fact, it affects around 4 in 5 people with diabetes. Diabetes stigma can lead to being treated differently. This is known as discrimination. Up to 1 in 3 people with diabetes have been discriminated against due to their diabetes.  Since August 2023, m ..read more
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Can parents’ behaviour and the foods available at home influence children’s food choices in families at high risk for type 2 diabetes?
The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes
by ACBRD
7M ago
A European study shows children’s food choices are dependent on parenting patterns By Aashi Chhaitawala We often hear about dietary trends in the media. We also hear how important physical activity is for our health. A person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes is linked to their age, genetics, and family history. It is also linked to factors such as food and physical activity. The Feel4Diabetes study was led by the Hellenic Mediterranean University Research Centre in Greece. It was conducted with families at a high risk for type 2 diabetes. The study was conducted in six European countries ..read more
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