Diabetes and Depression
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Diabetes and depression are linked in several ways. Find out if diabetes causes depression or if depression causes diabetes in this video.
Transcript: Diabetes is a serious disease, and years of blood glucose monitoring, taking medications, and dealing...
Diabetes is a serious disease, and years of blood glucose monitoring, taking medications, and dealing with health complications can strain your mental health. In fact, people with diabetes are TWICE as likely as the average person to have depression. Doctors aren't sure if there are physiological reasons behind the diabetes and depression connection; but they do know that STRESS can make it hard to regulate blood sugar levels and that blood sugar highs and lows can cause mood swings and fatigue. On the flip side, depression can also increase your RISK of developing diabetes. Depressed people tend to eat poorly and become sedentary, leading to weight gain, high blood pressure and cholesterol, which in turn can cause diabetes. But you can BREAK the vicious cycle by taking care of diabetes and depression. Attend workshops where you'll acquire tools to make the dibetes management process SMOOTHER and less BURDENSOME. Diabetes support groups give you a SPACE to talk about your struggles. Other people's stories will remind you that you're NOT alone in the journey. You might also consider seeing a therapist-he or she can teach you relaxation and coping methods so you can handle intense emotions. If necessary, your internist or a psychiatrist can prescribe antidepressants that REDUCE feelings of apathy, fatigue, nervousness and loss of pleasure. To learn more about diabetes and depression treatment, take a look at other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2016-08-23 | Tags »
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