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Family Therapy Helps Teens Control Diabetes

Family goal setting can help teens with type 1 better control their diabetes, a study found. Researchers randomly assigned 390 families to either typical diabetes care or a program that taught how to set goals and solve problems. At the end of the two-year study, the average A1C was lower for 12- to 14-year-olds in the goal-setting group (8.8 percent) compared with those who received typical care (9.4 percent). There was no difference in glucose control in 9- to 11-year-olds, regardless of study group. The authors caution that improving problem-solving and goal-setting skills takes time. It took 12 months for the program to begin improving teens' blood glucose levels.
Source: Pediatrics, April 2012


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