The Mental Effect of Diabetes

Emotions have a large effect on your life and your diabetes management.  For anyone living with diabetes, experiencing negative emotions such as anger, frustration, hopelessness, diabetes distress, fear, guilt, depression, anxiety, diabetes burnout, stress, and shame is very common. 

The negative emotions and thought patterns that many individuals with diabetes incur can cause people to ignore their treatment and engage in unhealthy behaviors such as overeating or refusing to take medications. Studies on depression and diabetes show when depression is treated, both mood levels and blood glucose levels improve.

However, these are all treatable disorders. It is important to pay attention to your feelings about having diabetes or taking care of someone who has diabetes. Having support to live with diabetes is essential.

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