Successful Diabetes Management Combines Both Physical and Emotional Wellness
When we talk about managing diabetes, the discussion is often centered around the physical toll the disease takes on the body. But there is also an emotional impact as well, and diabetics should be constantly aware of how their condition affects their moods.
The science is irrefutable: diabetics are more likely to suffer from depression, anger, and anxiety if blood sugars are poorly controlled. On one hand, escalating or mercurial blood sugars can adversely affect brain chemistry and trigger episodes of depression and anxiety.
At the same time, even when blood sugars are kept under control, diabetics may nonetheless feel depressed or angry given their lifestyle. And it’s understandable: living with diabetes requires constant vigilance and, over time, can leave the diabetic exhausted and depressed.
At the end of the day, successful management of diabetes consists of both physical and mental wellness. Diabetics need to keep the lines of communication open with their doctors and dieticians if they feel anxious or depressed, as these emotional conditions are inextricably linked to their physical well-being.