A study commissioned by Ieso Digital Health shows that over half of those living with type 1 and 2 diabetes are affected by mental health problems
Findings from the report revealed:
- Around 700 people get diagnosed with diabetes every day in the UK. That’s the equivalent of one person every two minutes
- Three quarters (75%) of young adults (16-34) believe that their mental health has been negatively affected by their diabetes.
- Almost half (46%) say that more awareness of diabetes-specific mental health issues would help prevent high levels of stress, anxiety and depression and other mental health problems, associated with having diabetes.
- 43% say mental health education and assessment should be integrated into on-going diabetes health care.
The study suggests about one in four adults in the UK will suffer from a mental health condition each year.
The Ieso study found that over half of patients with diabetes (51%) have sought treatment for stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health problems.
Three quarters (75%) of young adults (16-34) believe their mental health has been negatively affected by their diabetes.
Sarah Bateup, Chief Clinical Officer, Ieso Digital Health said: “Mental health should be considered an integral part of on-going diabetes care. We need to ensure a multifaceted approach including comprehensive assessment for mental health problems, educating patients to recognise stress and mental health problems and encouraging self‐care.
“Providing effective mental health interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help patients to address the emotional and behavioural aspects of living with a life-long condition such as diabetes.”
Mental health issues can make it more difficult for diabetes sufferers to alter their diet and lifestyle to comply with medical treatment programmes.
Mental health issues linked to diabetes include feelings of loss, stress, anger, panic attacks, mood disorders, depression, anxiety and eating disorders.
A depressed person is less likely to adhere to their diabetes medication or monitoring regimens which are necessary for effective management of diabetes, resulting in poor glycaemic control.
Phobic symptoms or anxieties related to self-injection of insulin and self-monitoring of blood glucose are common, resulting in further emotional distress.
Stress and depression are known to elevate blood glucose levels, even if medication is taken regularly.
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