2. December 2011 04:44
Have you or a loved one ever found yourself in this scenario?
You were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes recently and now you have lost interest in things. The holidays are the happiest time of the year but you are sad. You don’t understand what is going on. You may also be struggling with managing blood sugar levels and you have stopped testing altogether.
You talk with your doctor about your feelings and she performs a mental health screening. She tells you that there is a link between diabetes and depression. A 10 year study at the Harvard School of Public Health found a relationship between diabetes and depression, called a “two-way street”. This means that diabetes puts people at risk for depression, and people with depression are at risk for type 2 diabetes. The doctor says she will pay close attention to your mental health and the psycho-social aspect of diabetes care. It is comforting to know that you are not alone and there is help for this problem.
Help yourself, if you have experienced any symptoms of depression, ask your doctor for a screening. Remember, treating depression in people with diabetes can improve diabetes care. Also, people with depression can decrease their risk for type 2 diabetes. Both of these conditions can be treated and managed.