Health - Related Quality of Life of diabetic Adolescents in Iraq: A preliminary Report

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AbstractBackground: Diabetes comprises adolescent's wellbeing in physical, psychological and social functions.Objective: The aim of the study was to characterize the health – related quality of life of diabetic adolescents.Methods: A cross sectional study & 160 adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus was carried out. Full information about the adolescent was collected by direct interview. Data requested were age, sex, duration, practicing sport and visits to diabetic clinics. Burden of diabetes was assessed.Results: The age and practicing sport were associated with burden of diabetes. Sex of the patient, duration of diabetes and number of visits to diabetic clinic were not associated with burden of diabetes.Conclusion: Younger adolescents tolerate diabetes better than older adolescents, and that practicing sport reduce burden of diabetes among diabetic adolescents.Key words: Health quality of life, diabetes, adolescent