Diabetes is a condition that makes someone’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are two types; type 1 and type 2. Being diagnosed with diabetes is something that isn’t going to be easy. It can affect many aspects of people’s lives, including someone’s mental health and wellbeing.  

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What’s the difference between type 1 and 2?

Type 1 – This is where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.

Type 2 – This is where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin. 

What is pre-diabities?

Pre-diabetes is where your blood sugar levels are above the natural range, but not high enough to be diagnosed as having diabetes. This means that the risk of you developing diabetes is increased. 

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The link between Diabetes and Mental Health – Becky – Diabetes and mental health

Diabetes can cause many different mental health struggles including, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, phobias and even avoidance (in particular, with foods). 

One mental health struggle that is directly linked to diabetes is diabetes distress. This means that you may feel discouraged, worried, frustrated or tired of dealing with diabetes care. You even may feel disheartened that you feel like your diabetes is taking over your life and you feel you aren’t incontrol. This may cause you to go into unhealthy habits such as not checking your blood sugar etc.  

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How to cope with diabetes?

Having diabetes shouldn’t stop you from having a fulfilled life. Here are some tips on how to cope with diabetes.

  • Many people go through the process of mourning and grief when they get diagnosed with diabetes which is a totally normal thing. Make sure that you don’t rush over this grief. 
  • As well as this, celebrate small successes. Start a dairy to document your journey. This can help with having a physical thing for you to see your ups and downs. It can also be an amazing way to track your emotions with many other things about your journey. 
  • Get help from the diabetes healthcare team – This will allow you the opportunity to ask questions, getting resources and information, as well as understanding the responsibilities of having diabetes. 
  • Going to support groups and events will allow you to feel like you’re not alone and to share your experiences with others in the community. You can share tips about how to deal with diabetes and make friends with others with diabetes.   

Overall, World Diabetes Day is an important mark in raising awareness of this illness. However, the awareness shouldn’t stop here. There’s still a lot of stereotypes surrounding diabetes that aren’t true and it’s affecting the people who have the illness. For example, thinking that it’s the fault of the person that they have diabetes, that they eat too much sugar. In some cases, this may be true but this isn’t always how people get diabetes. You may be the most healthy person and still get diabetes.