Depression is a common and serious complication of diabetes.
One serious mental health condition that medical providers worry about for their patients is depression. Depression can cause someone to feel hopeless and lose interest in life. They have low energy and stop doing all the activities that they used to love. Depression in severe cases may cause a person to feel that nothing is worth it, and they contemplate suicide.
Even a diabetic diagnosis will contribute to depression.
- You wonder why you should practice healthy eating or exercise regularly.
- It’s difficult to think clearly. Depressing thinking may cause difficulties in managing diabetes. Because you can’t control your blood sugar swings, you get more depressed, and diabetes health risks and symptoms worsen.
The Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism published an article that emphasized depression and anxiety can cause a risk for diabetics that:
- Are unable to follow a diabetes treatment plan
- Have higher A1C levels
- Experience higher rates of diabetic complications and hospitalization
- Have more emergency room visits
- Have higher medical costs.