Alternative Health – How Are You Coping With Your Diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes? – Emotional and social support is important to everyone, but it is especially important when you find you have a lifelong condition which puts extra demands on you. Simply receiving a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is a situation that many people will find upsetting, causing them to feel depressed. But you will be pleased to know that several research studies have found that the majority of people with diabetes have a normal quality of life unless they are affected by complications which really interfere with daily living.
Whatever the cause:
if you feel negative about yourself you will not be able to sum up the energy required to look after your diabetes, and
then it will be difficult for you to achieve good control of your weight and blood sugar levels
Research indicates type 2 diabetes can bring about depression and depression can increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Your blood sugar can rise or fall, leading to a carb addiction and then exhaustion.
After you receive your diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, or have been told you have a diabetic complication, depression can be a normal part of the grieving process. If it persists, it should definitely be treated.
Watch out for:
lack of interest in doing things you used to enjoy
any change in your sleep pattern. If you have trouble falling asleep, or if you want to sleep more than usual
waking up and not being able to get back to sleep
eating more or less than usual… giving you weight loss or an increase in weight
having problems with concentrating because other thoughts come into play
lethargy… you feel tired all the time, or even weak
anxiety or feeling so nervous you can’t sit still
Depression can interfere with you learning about caring for yourself, leading to overeating and not exercising… all actions that lead to further diabetic problems. Emotional factors have a major influence on the way you cope with the demands of type 2 diabetes.
Sometimes depression can be caused by physical factors. If your blood sugar levels are out of whack, it is possible for you to experience symptoms that resemble depression. Abnormal blood sugar readings during the day can make you feel tired or anxious. High blood sugar at night can disturb your sleep because you wake up often to go to the bathroom. Not having restful sleep can make anyone feel tired and anxious the next day.
As time goes by and blood sugar levels improve, most people are able to face up to their type 2 diabetes diagnosis and take control of their eating plan, exercise and self monitoring their blood sugar levels.
If you are feeling anxious or depressed and you find talking to your family and friends is not helping you, contact your health care provider for a referral for professional counseling.