Quality of life in young adults with type 1 diabetes in relation to demographic and disease variables

Diabet Med. 1992 May;9(4):375-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.1992.tb01800.x.


Sixty-nine young adults (mean age 21 (range 15-25) years) with Type 1 diabetes completed measures of diabetes knowledge and quality of life. Factor analysis of the quality of life scale resulted in the identification of three subscales (social relationships, diabetes concerns, and impact). There was no relation between any of the quality of life subscales with knowledge, or with multiple versus twice-daily insulin injection regimens. Higher self-rated diabetes satisfaction was related to lower fructosamine levels and better clinic attendance (p less than 0.05). Females reported a more negative impact of diabetes on their lives compared with males (p less than 0.05).

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Demography
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / physiopathology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / psychology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / rehabilitation*
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Insulin / administration & dosage
  • Insulin / therapeutic use
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Nurse Clinicians
  • Quality of Life*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Insulin