According to the International Diabetes Federation, “diabetes is one of the largest global health emergencies of the 21st century” In 2015, the prevalence of diabetes worldwide was one in 11 adults and the estimated prevalence of impaired glucose toleration was of one in 15 adults. These numbers are expected to further increase, leading to more medical and economic challenges, added on top of the 12% global health expenditure currently spent on diabetes depression, it is a common medical disease. The risk of having mental health problems in life is about 50% and this can lead to a drop in employment, productivity, and wages which also has a knock on effect on the global economy. If you are suffering with depression, feel free to speak to a certified depression therapist here with us at Evolve.
The Links Between Diabetes and Depression
Being tired and sleeping a lot, and having difficulty concentrating can happen when you have either condition. This can make it difficult to know whether your symptoms are being caused by depression or diabetes, or both. People with diabetes are twice as likely to have depression You may be wondering if diabetes can cause depression, or make you feel depressed.
Though the condition does not directly cause depression, the nature of diabetes can be a factor in developing it. It’s a very tough condition to deal with as it’s always present, and that can be exhausting. Managing depression in older people with diabetes should be directed toward improving psychological and physical health. Diabetes causes several issues that can lead to CKD: high blood sugar high blood pressure high cholesterol It begins with persistently high blood sugar, which can stiffen and damage your blood vessel walls.
How Does Depression Affect Diabetes?
Depression is classed as a mental health condition. It can affect anyone, regardless of culture, background, and family history. It can cause you to follow, be alone, and even be suicidal about your life and relationships. If you experience one or more of these symptoms for longer than two weeks, then talk to your healthcare professional. Depression can affect diabetes. A few symptoms of depression can have a direct impact on your diabetes management,
- Not wanting to do anything or see anyone.
- Not eating properly
- Not caring about your health and binging
- Not taking care of your health needs
- Not wanting to go out (to your doctor)
You might not manage your diabetes properly. This may mean not taking your medication or testing your blood sugars, missing your doctor appointments, or ignoring other health problems. All of these could lead to complications. Feeling down often and for long periods of time.
Waking up a lot at night, or not being able to get out of bed. Feeling tired more often than not. This could stop you from exercising, which can help your diabetes management. Overeating might make your blood sugars rise. Not eating enough, might lead to ahypoif you take insulin or other medication that has hypos as a side effect. Thinking that things would be better if you were dead or having suicidal thoughts.
Depression can also make you self-destructive though feeling low is unpleasant, there is a way out. Counseling and therapy for depression can help you understand your psychological symptoms much better and then get a better relationship with your health. While depression may make things harder for you to cope there is always hope.
specifically looks at the relationship you have with your psychological health and helps free you from any struggles you have in the present day. This form of therapy is beneficial if you are struggling, it may help save your life.