by Francene Frayer (21.10.2020)

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Diabetics who have difficulty  StrictionD Review reaching out to others tend to have earlier and more serious complications leading to shorter lives. Dr. Ciechanowski and his colleagues, 3,535 adult patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, enrolled as Group Health Cooperative patients in the Puget Sound area of Washington state. Because depression is known to shorten the life span of type 2 diabetics, people who had already been diagnosed with depression were excluded from the study. These diabetics were given psychological testing that divided them into two groups, interactive and independent. Diabetics with an interactive style found it easier to establish relationships with others and to rely on them. In turn, they themselves were dependable friends and colleagues. Diabetics with an independent style tend to be fearful or dismissive of close relationships. These were people who had been found to have been "burned" in relationships and who tended to want to go it alone. The diabetics in both groups had received their diagnosis in America and all described their medical care as hurried, uncaring, and inadequate. Diabetics with an interactive style tended to give their health care providers the benefit of the doubt, while diabetics in the independent group tended to enter health care with an expectation of poor results. And that expectation of poor results led to the reality of poor results! Over the five years of the study, these diabetics with the "negative" attitude were 33% more likely to have died. This translates to an increased longevity of 8 to 16 years for diabetics with the can-do attitude in a can't-do system.


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