Diabetes Mellitus: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

Christel Hendrieckx, Maartje de Wit, Shikha M. Gray, Eelco van Duinkerken, Frank J. Snoek

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In this article the bio-medical and psychological aspects of diabetes mellitus and their interactions are reviewed. Main types of diabetes are distinguished, all characterized by elevated blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) and related health risks, but with different risk factors, age of onset, clinical features and treatment requirements. The cognitive, emotional and behavioral ramifications of living with and self-managing diabetes are reviewed, along with psychological co-morbidities. There is a clear need for integrating psychological assessment and support into diabetes care, with an important role for diabetes health professionals as well as clinical health psychologists and other mental health workers. The article concludes with some future directions for behavioral research in diabetes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComprehensive Clinical Psychology, Second Edition
ISBN (Electronic)9780128186978
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

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NameComprehensive Clinical Psychology, Second Edition

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