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Diabetes linked to depression and other mood disorders

It has been shown that diabetes has a close link with patients’ suffering from depression and other mood disorders.

“The Prevalence of Comorbid Depression in Adults With Diabetes” published in Diabetes Care (2001).

“Elevated Depression Symptoms, Antidepressant Medicine Use, and Risk of Developing Diabetes During the Diabetes Prevention Program” published in Diabetes Care (2008)


Staying positive with diabetes

Amy Ryan, an attorney, recently published a book ‘Shot: Staying Alive With Diabetes’ about her struggle with diabetes 1. Her diabetes was detected at the age of 29 and she has written about her journey. She is now 46 with a family.

When anyone is diagnosed, they may go through so many emotions and feelings and are often not sure how to respond or what to do.

Many people are constantly lessons about being able to better manage her diabetes and Amy Ryan describes her lessons. She writes about diabetes burnout, where at first patients are very careful about their decisions but later struggle as they try to make the best decisions. Patients stop checking glucose levels and carbs. Ryan wanted to tell her personal story instead of the medical definitions and descriptions.

Here are some strategies to keep in mind:

* Aim for better, not perfect.

* Ask for support.

* Concentrate on the positive

* Focus on what you want.

* Mentor someone.

* Practice gratitude.

* Take small steps where you see you can improve.

Read story from USA Today


Dos and Don’ts: Supporting Loved Ones With Diabetes

There are many diabetes myths. Unfortunately, the lack of knowledge from those who support others with diabetes has at times prevented them from getting appropriate care.

Here is a quick list of the do’s and don’t’s when taking care of someone with diabetes:

Dos for Diabetes Support

* Do acknowledge that managing diabetes is work (nutrition, monitoring blood sugar, taking medications, exercise, and stress levels).
* Do ask how you can help.
* Do assume the person with diabetes knows more about their condition than you.
* Do be patient when our blood sugars are too low or too high.
* Do be tactful.
* Do offer to be a diabetes buddy.
* Do show eagerness/willingness to learn what ways you can help etc.
* Do show you care.
* Don’t assume you know.
* Don’t bring up other people you know.
* Don’t give orders. You can make suggestions or recommendations, but make sure they’re nothing more than that.
* Don’t play doctor (giving medical advice, especially if it’s unsolicited).
* Don’t stare. Don’t look on horrified — turn away.

Dos and Don’ts: Supporting Loved Ones With Diabetes from Everyday Health

Non-Diabetic’s Guide to Helping Loved Ones with Diabetes from Diabetes Daily Voices

How to Help Care for Your Loved One With Diabetes from Forecast Diabetes

6 Ways to Support a Spouse With Diabetes from Diabetes Web MD

Chronic Communication: Tips for Dealing with Unsupportive Family from Diabetes Connect


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