oa Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes in South Africa - Coping with children with diabetes : is this burden too great for parents to bear? : DESSA editorial



When a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, good management thereof mean keeping the blood glucose levels as near to normal as possible. This is challenging at the best of times. Usually, the challenge sits squarely on the shoulders of the parents, most often the mother of the child. According to the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes, "psychological factors are the most important influences that affect the care and management of diabetes". While this is entirely true of children with diabetes, it is also true that the psychological health of parents is equally important.


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