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Why is mental health important in type 1 diabetes?

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Why is mental health important when you have diabetes?


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Taking care of your mental health is important and even more so when you have diabetes. If you have diabetes, you are at a higher risk of depression and anxiety, so taking care of all aspects of your health, both physical and mental, is extremely important for your wellbeing

In children and adolescents, the impact of a type 1 diabetes diagnosis can be tough. Diabetes can have a huge impact on their lives, as well as the lives of their family. Mental health issues can be common in people with diabetes, including depression and anxiety. In a study looking at the psychological functioning of school-aged children, it was found that the presence of anxiety decreased in boys with type 1 diabetes, however increased in girls (Psychological Functioning of Children with Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus: A Longitudinal Study). This may be due to girls feeling more upset about their diagnosis compared to boys. For older children and adolescents, family conflict may arise over the level of adult involvement in treatment and management of type 1 diabetes. Unfortunately, psychological issues like anxiety and depression, can lead to poorer glycaemic control which may further lead to an increased risk of hospitalisations due to diabetic ketoacidosis (Predictors of Acute Complications in Children With Type 1 Diabetes.

It is clear that our mental wellbeing is as equally as important as our physical wellbeing. It may perhaps be more important! If we aren’t feeling mentally well and are experiencing any anxiety or depression, it can impact the way we take care of our physical health. One great feature about the 12-week diabetes program, is that mental wellbeing is taken into consideration. Throughout the course of the program check-ins are conducted to see how you’re doing.

































What should I do next?

If you have shown symptoms of type 1 diabetes, you should see your doctor at ask to be tested for type 1 diabetes as soon as possible. It is important to know that diagnosing type 1 diabetes should not rely solely on using a Hb A1c test. Fasting plasma glucose, random blood glucose, and oral glucose tolerance test are used when diagnosing diabetes.

Once you learn what your type 1 diabetes status is, the next most important step is to become educated. You can join the Type 1 Diabetes Program to help you learn how to prevent or delay complications associated with type 1 diabetes. The program is personalised, giving you more of the content that you want. The program also helps you to stay motivated and teaches you what changes you need to make.



What should I do next?

If you experience any symptoms of type 1 diabetes or you have risk factors for developing type 1 diabetes, it is important to get tested for as soon as possible. Some people are at higher risk and need regular testing.

By diagnosing and treating the type 1 diabetes early, it means you can decrease the risk of developing or delay any further health complications of type 1 diabetes, for example nerve damage, blindness, and heart disease. It is important to know that diagnosing type 1 diabetes should not rely solely on using a Hb A1c test.

Once you learn what your type 1 diagnosis is, or if you already have type 1 diabetes, the next most important step is to become educated. You can join the 12-week Type 1 Diabetes Program to help you learn how best to manage the condition. For example, you can learn how best to monitor blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetes. The program is personalised and tailored, giving you more of the content that you want. The program also helps you to stay motivated and teaches you what changes you need to make. The first week is free and full of helpful and crucial information.


Interested in more information on type 1 diabetes?

Follow the links below to learn more about type 1 diabetes.

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Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes

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Diagnosing Type 1 Diabetes

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Type 1 Diabetes Complications

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Treating Type 1 Diabetes