An Occupational Therapist May Benefit Your Care
Here’s a potential new addition to your diabetes care team: an occupational therapist, who can help you overcome barriers to accomplishing important daily tasks. In a study of 81 adults ages 18 to 30 with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, half received an intervention in which licensed occupational therapists delivered individually tailored assistance, such as support with overcoming the fear of insulin injections and help in identifying opportunities for blood glucose checks during the workday. After six months, A1C (a measure of glucose control over two to three months) had dropped among those who got the occupational therapy, while it rose among those who didn’t. The intervention group also reported greater improvement in diabetes-related quality of life. Ask your doctor if your diabetes team should include an occupational therapist or if you canget a referral for one.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online Jan. 19, 2018