Handling Diabetes and Depression
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Examining the relationship of diabetes and depression: How chronic disease can trigger depression and how depression can lead to lifestyle changes that make you vulnerable to type 2 diabetes.
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. Diabetes doubles your risk of depression. 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. Depression also increases the risk for diabetes. 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. You can control diabetes and ease depression. But you can BREAK the vicious cycle by taking care of diabetes and depression. Attend workshops where you'll acquire tools to make the diabetes management process SMOOTHER and less BURDENSOME. Diabetes support groups give you a SPACE to talk about your struggles. Try support groups.Other people's stories will remind you that you're NOT alone in the journey.More »
Last Modified: 2016-01-06 | Tags »
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