Research focus

Diabetes self-management

Three articles investigate strategies to support the self-management of diabetes

Diabetes self-management (DSM) is a key component in reducing complications and healthcare needs in people with diabetes. These three articles investigate various strategies to support DSM in varied populations

Key points

  • People with severe mental illness need tailored interventions to manage the challenges of living with diabetes
  • Research is recommended on interventions targeting sedentary behaviour, and reducing obesity in those with a learning disability
  • Inclusion in planning and addressing barriers to attendance is needed with self-management programmes

Barriers and enablers of type 2 diabetes self-management in people with severe mental illness

People with severe mental illness (SMI) (including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or personality disorder) are twice as likely to develop diabetes as the general population. This study aimed to identify the challenges facing this group in diabetes self-management.

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