Family Support Is Key to Good Health
Family members who aren't supportive can hinder the health of people with type 2 diabetes, a study found. Researchers found that people who thought their families were sabotaging their diabetes self-care were less likely to take medications as prescribed than those with supportive families. In turn, participants who didn't take meds as directed were more likely to have high blood glucose levels. This shows how powerful the influence of family can be on health, and suggests that providers should develop strategies for getting the whole family to rally behind a loved one with diabetes.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online April 26, 2012