Cardiff University researchers believe that improved clinician awareness of this effect, and provision of appropriate support, may improve the future health and lives of people with diabetes.
The researchers surveyed 60 patients about the effect of diabetes on major life changing events. Almost 74% of patients reported that diabetes influenced their decisions regarding major life changing events.
Among the respondents, 40% said that diabetes had influenced their decision to take early retirement and 22% said it had influenced a decision to change profession.
Respondents also said that diabetes had influenced decisions to change lifestyle (22%) or have children (14%).
The findings were presented at the Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference in Liverpool last week.
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