Do attitudes and behaviors in response to stress impact the health of older people with diabetes?


New research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests that psychological resilience—having attitudes and behaviors that help people bounce back after stressful challenges—may help older individuals with type 2 diabetes have fewer hospitalizations, better physical functioning, lower disability, better mental quality of life, and a lower likelihood of becoming frail.

In the 3,199-participant study that followed individuals for more than 14 years, the association of resilience with some metrics—grip strength and self-reported disability—varied based on recent hospitalization history, and results suggested that some associations may differ based on race/ethnicity.

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