Introduction: Quality of life of young adults can be affected by the social, occupational, familiar and emotional changes.
Aims: Evaluation of life satisfaction, social support, treatment adherence and psychological adaptation of young adults with type 1 diabetes.
Methods: Quantitative study with questionnaires Àlled by 278 young adults with type 1 diabetes (18-35 years).
Results: Participants consider having good social support. Satisfaction with life was 6.6 ±1.7 (scale 0-10). Most of youngsters show good dietary
intake, one third practice recommended physical activity. Adherence to insulin therapy and glucose monitoring is satisfactory. They present
8.7±1.6% as mean value for HbA1c. Factorial analysis relating psychological adjustment to diabetes scale allowed to Ànd 4 factors explaining 50%
of total variance: diabetes adaptation (29%), diabetes control (8%), diabetes management competences (7%) e attitudes relating to diabetes (6%).
Youngsters with better psychological adaptation to diabetes have better adherence to diabetes treatment relating to nutrition, insulin therapy and
Conclusions: Young adults showed good social support and satisfaction with life, a reasonable global adherence to diabetes treatment...