Are you struggling with mental health issues as well as managing your diabetes?
Your mental health affects every aspect of your daily life making it more difficult to stay focused on your diabetes care plan. Untreated mental health issues can make diabetes worse AND problems with diabetes can make mental health issues worse. It's time to treat both so you can achieve the best quality of life for yourself.
Depression and Diabetes | How are they related?
According the the Mayo Clinic, "If you have diabetes — either type 1 or type 2 — you have a higher risk of developing depression. And if you're depressed, you may have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes are 2 to 3 times more likely to have depression than people without diabetes." Though the relationship between diabetes and depression isn't fully understood, managing diabetes can be stressful and lead to symptoms of depression. Diabetes can cause complications and health problems that may make symptoms of depression worse so that it is hard to do tasks, communicate and think clearly making it difficult to successfully manage your diabetes. Also, depression can lead to harmful life decisions such as unhealthy eating, drinking, weight gain, smoking and less exercise which are risk factors for diabetes. Our clinicians can help you manage your depression through therapy as well as medications.
If you have diabetes, watch for symptoms of depression and get help right away if you are concerned
Stress and Anxiety | How do they affect my diabetes?
Although stress is a part of life, when you have diabetes it can have adverse effects on your health. Stress hormones make blood sugar rise or fall unpredictably. Being stressed for a long period of time can lead to other health problems that effect your diabetes. People with diabetes are 20% more likely than those without diabetes to experience anxiety.
Managing diabetes over the long-term can be a major source of anxiety. You might feel frustrated, discouraged or tired of dealing with daily diabetes care. Or you've developed a health problem related to diabetes in spite of your best efforts. If you are feeling overwhelmed, talking to a mental health expert can help. Studies show that therapy for anxiety can be very helpful. Our clinicians can provide you with therapy as well as medications if needed.