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A diagnosis of diabetes mellitus implies a major change in daily life. Persons with diabetes are responsible for following a healthy diet, multiple glucose monitoring and insulin injections while incorporating an exercise routine into daily life. How one adjusts to such demands indicates the likelihood of acceptance as well as prevention of long-term complications of the disease. Assessing ones� adjustment and coping abilities are crucial factors when caring for diabetic patients. Better coping means better self-care and diabetic management.
Intensive therapy such as multiple injections and pump therapy can contribute to better glycemic control but not without sacrifices by the diabetic patient. Better glycemic control resulting from adequate self-care may result in increased self-esteem and personal control.

Adolescents with diabetes must adhere to self- care regimes to prevent long term complications. This is often a very difficult time in one�s life for there are many changes physically and emotionally that need to be accepted. An individual who is diagnosed with diabetes must face additional challenges that impact his or her future health. The supportive role of health care professionals is crucial in the promotion of well being among adolescents with diabetes.

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