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The Truth Behind Diabetes and Depression

The Truth Behind Diabetes and Depression

The Truth Behind Diabetes and Depression

Ever find yourself no longer finding joy in activities that brought you happiness, feeling anxious enough to lose your appetite or increase it dramatically, or losing the ability to concentrate?

Realizing you may have one or more symptoms of depression and seeking help are the first two steps in changing your perspective on life, for the better.

Important things to consider if you have diabetes and symptoms of depression

1. Increasing risk factors of depression can increase your risk of diabetes complications and vice versa.

2. One’s blood sugar levels tend to rise when experiencing symptoms of depression, causing someone to feel more anxious and low on energy.

3. Not managing your diabetes properly may give someone symptoms resembling depression. For example, if one’s blood sugar levels are not consistent, they can become shaky, restless, and sweaty, resembling anxiety.

4. Did you know, both diseases can be caused by the same risk factors such as: family history, obesity, inactivity, coronary artery disease and hypertension?

5. Depression can lead to decreased self- care, both physically, diet-wise, and mentally… leading to poor blood sugar control and diabetes care.

Treatments

Medications: Different medicines can increase serotonin and other “feel good” hormones in the body, but be cautious before proceeding with any medications, as some side effects are more severe.

Talk Therapy: Psychotherapy can be effective in recognizing triggers and unhealthy behaviors then replacing them with healthy, problem-solving alternatives.

Lifestyle changes: Healthy changes such as: eating nutritiously, exercising regularly, and managing stress, can assist not only with managing depression but also with diabetes management. Increasing activity will decrease weight and blood sugar levels- making you feel more energized throughout the day!

 

Remember, diagnosis begins with you. Start by talking to your doctor about your family’s medical history, then complete any physical and psychological recommendations and treatments he/she deems necessary.

 

Souce: https://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/depression#ask-an-expert

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