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Adolescents with type 1 diabetes are a small but important group and though it is easy to focus on physical aspects of their disease; emotional and mental health problems can easily be overlooked. Previous research has found an association between type 1 diabetes and mental/emotional health problems. Yet this Norwegian study which looked at just under 10,000 adolescents (the prevalence of type 1 diabetes in this group was 0.4%) did not confirm this correlation. In fact looking at a number of mental health measures, there was no difference detected between the diabetic patients and their non diabetic peers. The study had its limitations, analysing a relatively small number of people with diabetes and it was a self reporting survey. Even so, this is a testament to the resilience of this age group but it may also reflect better control, for example the use of insulin pumps though this was not specifically examined in this study. Of course we should still look for psychosocial problems in this particular group but this study may offer a degree of reassurance.