Diabetes MILES – The Netherlands

Diabetes MILES – The Netherlands was also completed in 2011, led by researchers from the Center of Research on Psychology in Somatic diseases at Tilburg University under the leadership of Prof Frans Pouwer. Two Dutch MILES studies were ran in parallel targeting either: a) adults (19 years and older) with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or; b) adolescents (aged 12–18 years) with T1DM and parents of adolescents with T1DM.

The aims of these studies were to examine how people with diabetes manage their condition, and how it impacts on their lives. Topics of special interest in Diabetes MILES – The Netherlands include subtypes of depression, Type D personality, mindfulness, sleep and sexual functioning.

More than 4,000 Dutch people with diabetes took part, including 3,960 adults (18 years +) with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. This study also included a large sample of adolescents with type 1 diabetes and their parents.

Study methods and results have been published in conference presentations and journal articles.

Diabetes MILES – The Netherlands was supported by the Prof. dr. J. Terpstra Young Investigator Award 2010 from the Dutch Association for Diabetes Research (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Diabetes Onderzoek)/Lilly Diabetes to Dr Giesje Nefs.