How your emotional health can be effecting your diabetes

First, we need to be on the same page on what emotional health means. Emotional health is our emotional, psychological well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also a key component in how we handle stress, relate to others, and make daily choices.

Emotional health can either help or hinder how you manage your diabetes. Below is some research that could help clarify how.   

Research has shown if depression and diabetes are affecting an individual, potentially harmful implications may result if either condition remains untreated. Some evidence indicates that depression in diabetic patients can be related with harmful glycemic control, sexual dysfunction and other lasting health complications.

An example of this was done with patients who suffer from major depression and had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. These patients were two times more likely to have three or more cardiovascular risk factors than patients without depression and diabetes. Individuals with this dual diagnosis also suffer from increased rates of functional disability compared to other patients who suffer from each illness separately.

I want to show you how to use your emotional health as a tool to improve your quality of life and control your diabetes.