Coping with diabetes mellitus. A full-time job

Nurs Clin North Am. 1987 Sep;22(3):559-68.


The coping demands of diabetes may be insurmountable to the unprepared and unwary. The psychosocial, self-management, and knowledge/skill demands of diabetes can affect every aspect of a person's life. Planning ways to cope with this unique circumstance may help a diabetic person adjust to a complex and difficult lifelong problem. Viewing the client, family and friends, nurse, physician, dietitian, and relevant other team members as a full corporate partnership, with individual and shared responsibility, also lays the groundwork for realistic problem-solving and coping by all concerned.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Blood Glucose / analysis
  • Diabetes Mellitus / nursing
  • Diabetes Mellitus / psychology*
  • Diet, Diabetic
  • Humans
  • Motivation
  • Problem Solving
  • Self Care


  • Blood Glucose