Heads-up, mental health and diabetes
Image: Anna. Marathon Health Diabetes Educator
Research indicates that nearly half of all adults with diabetes will experience mental health challenges. This National Diabetes Week, Marathon Health’s Diabetes Educators are spreading awareness of the relationship between diabetes and your mental health.
Adjusting to, and coping with the lifestyle changes that accompany diabetes can be stressful and may, over time, increase the risk of developing anxiety disorders or depression.
Alison Amor, Marathon Health Senior Diabetes Educator, says getting support for diabetes management is a great way to begin to manage everyday stress.
“Managing chronic conditions on a daily basis can take its toll on anyone. It’s not uncommon for clients to sometimes feel a little overwhelmed and frustrated but that’s why the support team plays such a crucial role,” Ms Amor said.
Support is readily available and diabetes educators play an important role, providing advice and ongoing help managing diabetes.
“We understand diabetes, and we understand the emotional toll chronic conditions can take. As with all mental health, we encourage clients to seek help from a mental health professional at the onset of symptoms,” Ms Amor said.
Untreated mental health concerns can have adverse effects on managing diabetes, with research showing people can neglect self-management, healthy eating, taking their medicine and even self-monitoring.
“We want the community to know that a diagnosis of diabetes isn’t the end of the road, not at all. It’s completely manageable and we’re here to support you every step of the way,” Ms Amor said.
Marathon Health diabetes educators are currently providing diabetes education and support into the communities of Coonamble, Gilgandra, Coonabarabran, Baradine, Narromine, Trangie, Wellington, Gulgong, Kandos, Coolah, Dunedoo, Mudgee, Nyngan, Warren, Tottenham, Trundle, Peak Hill, Canowindra, Molong, Yeoval, Wellington and Dubbo. Speak to your GP if you would like to catch up with one of our educators.