The Happy Type One

Study on the impaired quality of life in T1Ds (S1E8 #8)

8 July 2020

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How can a chronic illness
effect ones quality of life?

Well, it is a challenging question and I’m sure we all experience T1D a bit different. Yet, there are probably also some things which effect people with chronic illnesses in similar ways. Laura is a former health management student from Germany, type 1 diabetic and the best to address this question to. She wrote her final Bachelor thesis about the impaired quality of life in type 1 diabetes patients (German title is: ”Beeinträchtigung der Lebensqualität durch eine chronische Krankheit – eine qualitative Studie von Diabetes Type 1 Patienten”).

She interviewed many type 1s between 18 and 25 years to find out how T1D effects quality of life and the psyche.

Here are her main findings:

Translation: Even if everyone doubts you and your dreams,
at the end there should be always one person, who believes in you.
This person is YOU!
Believe in yourself.

6 Key findings

by Laura’s study

1

Reasons for changes in quality of life are due to:
– measuring blood sugar
– injecting insulin
– hyper- as well as hypoglycemia
– the effect of daily management in free time activities, sport and work 

2

Compared to men, women have more psychologically challenges
e.g. in form of acceptance, body image, 
and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

3

Symptoms of depression were present in some interviewees

4

Dealing publicly with insulin injections put some in great discomfort 

5

 Some participants stated, there is no good medical care
and optimisation is very much needed

6

The study made clear:
There is still a great need to deal openly with this disease
and to educate also non-diabetics about all types of diabetes

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Lauras work contributes greatly to type 1 awareness to optimise medical care we receive.
so go and check her out on instagram https://www.instagram.com/kimdiabefit/ 

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