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Did you know that in the United States more than 18 million people are currently diagnosed with diabetes? And did you know that by 2050 it is estimated that about 48 million people will have diabetes in the United States? Diabetes, a disease that impacts how your body uses blood glucose or sugar, is currently the 7th leading cause of death in the United States and has a relationship with kidney disease, heart disease, and other major health problems. But diabetes is also correlated with depression, anxiety and other mental health problems that can be extremely debilitating.
Although there is no known cure for diabetes, there are multiple treatment steps you can take to improve your quality of life. For example, exercising regularly and engaging in relaxation techniques to diminish stress may be helpful.
If you have diabetes and are experiencing feelings of sadness and hopelessness or are having thoughts of harming yourself, please know that there is help available to you. Please search our database of licensed psychologists or consider using The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, which also offers a wide variety of online and in-person services.
Diabetes is a complicated medical condition that requires individual care to improve the quality of your life. One important aspect of care is your mental health and ensuring that psychological symptoms do not exacerbate the severity of this disease. Please contact support today!
Additional information about diabetes can be found below:
- FindaPsychologist.org: Self-Help Resources
- National Institute of Mental Health: Diabetes and Depression
- TED Talks Video: What if we're wrong about diabetes?
- American Diabetes Association: Myths about Diabetes
- Mayo Clinic: Understanding how glucose is processed in the body
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