3 in 5 Diabetes Patients Struggle with Mental Health
3 in 5 Diabetes Patients Struggle With Mental Health
A big study by Diabetes UK found three in five people with diabetes experience mental health issues.
After surveying 8,500 people (of different ages, backgrounds and ethnicities), the health charity found 64% of people with diabetes say they sometimes or often felt let down because of their diabetes.
On top of that, one in five said they saw a counsellor or therapist to help manage the disease.
As well, 33% of patients said diabetes “got in the way of them or a family member doing things they wanted to do.” And only one in three felt in control of their diabetes.
“This new research brings to light the isolation that can come from managing an invisible condition, and how detrimental living with diabetes can be to a person’s emotional wellbeing without the right support,” said
Chris Askew, chief executive of Diabetes UK.
Diabetes and Depression in Australia
Local statistics tell a similar story. According to Diabetes Australia
, up to 50% of people with diabetes also have mental illness:
“Research shows that having diabetes more than doubles the risk of developing depression. Living with a chronic condition like diabetes, coping with biological and hormonal factors plus needing to manage the condition on a daily basis may increase the risk of depression.”
Together with SANE, the health organisation released The SANE Guide to Good Mental Health for People Affected by Diabetes.
If you or someone you know needs help managing diabetes and mental health, a psychologist
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