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[This article belongs to Volume - 26, Issue - 02]

Impact of Perceived Stress upon Self-care Activity among Adolescents with Typ1 Diabetes

Teens with type 1 diabetes encounter particular difficulties in managing their illness because they have to juggle the responsibilities of controlling their diabetes on a daily basis with the usual obstacles of puberty, including peer pressure, stress from school, and emotional shifts. Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is a chronic illness that calls for regular blood glucose testing, adherence to an insulin regimen, and maintenance of a nutritious diet and exercise schedule. The term "perceived stress" describes how someone feels about the demands made on them and how well they are able to handle them. Managing a chronic health condition like type 1 diabetes, family conflicts, social interactions, and academic pressures are just a few of the many reasons that can lead to stress. According to research, teenagers with type 1 diabetes deal with stress at a higher rate than their counterparts without the disease. The ongoing need for self-care, anxiety about hypo- or hyperglycemia, worries about long-term problems, and the effect of diabetes on everyday activities and social relationships are all contributing factors to this heightened stress. High levels of perceived stress have been associated with poor glycemic control, an increased risk of complications from diabetes, and a lower quality of life in people with type 1 diabetes. Stress can also have an impact on self-care practices since it can make it difficult for people to prioritize their diabetes care when they are dealing with conflicting demands and emotional distress.