Self-care may depend on personality traits

The data from 1300 patients in the Fremantle Diabetes Study Phase II showed being conscientious was independently associated with having a lower BMI and not smoking, adhering to medications and self-monitoring blood glucose.

People who had agreeable personalities were less likely to self-monitor their blood glucose.

However, the study did not show a link between personality types and HbA1c levels.

The authors said longitudinal follow-up of participants may provide data on whether routine assessment of personality in clinical care is warranted.

Diabet Med 2013; online 22 Oct