There are many different side effects that diabetes can cause sufferers, and one of these is depression. Both health problems can be treated in tandem although the relationship between the two is not fully understood.
Many folks who are diagnosed with diabetes find it such a life-changing condition that they focus on the negative, causing depression. Indeed it has been suggested that people suffering from on-going depression have a greater chance of developing Type II diabetes.
People who feel that they can’t cope often get depressed and make very poor decisions where their overall health is concerned. They may fail to exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet which in turn exacerbates the problem causing weight gain, risks for cardiovascular disease, and circulatory problems etc. Basically the depressed diabetic feels that their life has been foreshortened anyway, so what does it matter.
Diabetes can be the cause of an increasing number of health problems,
especially if it isn’t managed properly.
Depression becomes a nasty syndrome. The diabetic will slowly start failing to perform regular functions and may eventually stop thinking logically. This can lead to the diabetic neglecting to test blood sugar levels regularly and if a healthy diet is not being maintained, they are at increased risk of diabetic shock and coma.
Diabetic Depression Management
A good program of self-management is essential for helping the diabetic who suffers from depression. Fitness levels need to be increased, along with overall health management and weight loss to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Once the patient starts to lose weight and feel healthier their self-esteem and a more positive attitude will increase their quality of life.
Improved diabetes management can also be achieved with psychotherapy. As depression decreases again the patient will feel more positive about their life. Medications may also improve the diabetic’s attitude and long-term outlook.
If you live with a diabetic it will probably fall to you to not only monitor the way she or he handles the disease but it will also be necessary to be constantly aware of their mental health.
- Encourage the diabetic to eat a healthy diet regularly and exercise.
- Remind them that they are still the same person that you loved before.
- and their lives are no less valuable because they are diabetic.
Tell them also that they can still live useful, productive and healthy lives.
If a diabetic you live with exhibits signs of depression they may lose interest in things that they enjoyed before. They may express sadness and hopelessness more often than prior to their diagnosis and also suffer from headaches or other pains more often than previously.
By ignoring these symptoms the diabetic becomes more at risk for serious medical problems. If they failed to eat regularly and monitor their blood sugar levels there is an increased risk of their going into diabetic shock or coma.
If you think you know somebody who is dealing with diabetes and is sliding into depression, do everything you can to seek medical assistance on their behalf.
Over 10% of the US population suffer from depression and a large number of them are diabetics, so mental health experts and diabetes educators are all well versed in dealing with this difficult problem.
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