Healthy Living

Managing the Mental and Emotional Toll of Diabetes

Managing depression and anxiety

According to a study, when a person with diabetes have depression and anxiety, they run the risk of experiencing the following problems:

  • Not being able to follow a treatment plan
  • Getting higher A1C levels
  • Higher risk of hospitalization and ER visits
  • Paying for huge medical bills

People who get diagnosed with diabetes almost instantly feel depressed. When left to fester, depression can affect the patient’s ability to think, which can be risky because it can ultimately lead to them forgetting their treatment plan and further worsening their symptoms.

Diabetes affects the blood sugar levels, which in turn affects a person’s mood. Diabetes can cause erratic mood swings if the blood sugar is not properly managed. These mood swings can make patients feel alienated from their loved ones when they see them struggle to understand them. This makes people with diabetes become anxious about keeping their blood sugar levels in check for the fear of ruining their relationships with loved ones.