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The older you are, the better you may be able to manage type 2 diabetes

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The older you are, the better you may be able to manage type 2 diabetes

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New research conducted at Carnegie Mellon University shows that younger people who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may have a more difficult time managing the stress of the condition. They found that younger patients (aged 42 and below), especially those with higher education and income levels, experienced higher stress levels, specifically when it came to managing their diets, checking their glucose and experiencing more high or low blood sugar episodes. In comparison, older people newly diagnosed with diabetes experienced lower stress levels and were able to manage their condition more consistently when it came to self-care, blood sugar control and medication adherence.

Although the study didn’t formally explore why these differences exist, researchers speculate that older patients may live more “in the present” than younger patients, enabling them to focus on the challenges in the here and now. Visit Science Daily to learn more about this research.