Setting the record straight about diabetes and emotional issues
The recent Diabetes Week (12-18 June) had the theme of “Setting the Record Straight”, helping to dispel some of the myths around diabetes, especially with the difference between Type 1 and Type 2. However, it would have been great to see more acknowledgement of the emotional issues diabetes can cause.
Hopefully the media and the public will now begin to understand the differences between Type 1 and Type 2. Much to the chagrin of my diabetic Type 1 cousins, everyone seems to think all diabetes is caused by excess weight or a bad diet, which isn’t true of Type 1.
It’s not always down to being overweight or obese or even just about consuming too many carbohydrates or sugar with Type 2 either. There are many factors that can contribute to and cause diabetes.
Managing what you eat
As diabetics – regardless of the type we have – we all have to monitor and manage what we eat on a daily basis, to ensure that our blood sugar levels are within certain parameters, to enable us to remain healthy.
Constantly having to monitor our food and drink can cause emotional stress and strain for all diabetics at some time in their life. This is often overlooked by many people, including Health Care Professionals (HCP).
Poor emotional health can lead to poor diabetic management
These emotional problems include depression, anxiety and stress (see my earlier blog on Diabetic Distress and also this useful e-book on Depression and Diabetes). Suffering from any of these can cause increased blood sugar levels and can often also lead to poor diabetic management, which can trigger further health complications. Unfortunately, in my experience, HCP’s are not always able or trained sufficiently to help their diabetic patients with their emotional issues as well.
I’d really like to see our HCP’s trained or given information so they can pinpoint their diabetic patients who may be suffering emotional stress as a result of their illness in the right direction for help and support.
As a Type 2 diabetic myself, who medicates with insulin, I can empathise and understand how these emotional issues can affect you. As a trained psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, I have the knowledge and experience to empathise and support you.
Peer Support Group
I organise a diabetic peer support group for Type 2 diabetics in Bromley, Kent. We meet on the last Saturday of the month at Bromley Parish Church in Church Road, Bromley from 11.00am-12.00pm.
If you are Type 2 or pre-diabetic please do come along. There is a £1.00 charge; and pay for your own tea/coffee/water etc. and join the discussion.
For more information on how I can help you with emotional support for your diabetes, visit my Diabetic Emotional Support page.