This post was initially started to just cover depression and diabetes, but we expanded it to also include information on Diabetes and Heart Disease and Diabetes Fatigue.
Diabetes and Depression
For whatever reason, studies have proven that their is a link between diabetes and depression, with people suffering from the disease having a greater risk of developing depression.
Unfortunately, these two D’s seem to go hand in hand among people dealing with the disease. Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetics can immediately feel a loss of motivation after their diagnosis, or even much later down the road as the feeling that they will be dependent on diabetes and insulin medication, such as Metformin, for the rest of their lives begins to draw them into a pit of despair.
Even if a diabetic is perfectly accepting of their initial conditions, it is possible that further complications could worsen their outlook. For example, the development of diabetic neuropathy, which is nerve damage caused by high blood sugar, is permanent and severe enough to take a heavy toll on anyone’s disposition. There’s also a chance you can develop a bad relationship with your actual doctor over the disease, leaving you with a feeling of hopelessness about your treatment options.
Signs of Depression
– Loss of motivation in doing things you once used to enjoy
– Loss of appetite, especially for foods you’ve already managed to incorporate into your proper diabetic diet
– Trouble concentrating on matters of various seriousness
– Suicidal Thoughts a BIG one. If you’re having these, you need to talk to a therapist or a suicide hotline ASAP.
Methods of Dealing with Diabetes and Depression
1. Fight the problem at the source at treat your diabetes. I’ve personally seen good success with this program as far as a well laid out plan to deal with diabetes goes (click here). The pill popping and insulin injections are the bleakest part of diabetes, but following plans like this make it possible for you to eliminate those necessities by following a good diet and exercise.
2. Turn to your friends and family for moral support, or do your own research on how to deal with symptoms of diabetes.
4. Destroy your depression. James Gordon has a pretty well received program that details how exactly one can get rid of their depression naturally, focusing on the use of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) to fight off the problems, rather than relying on drugs (which, if your depression was caused by a feeling of futility in needing to take diabetes drugs, is a much needed improvement)
Diabetes and Heart Disease
Another “side effect” or “side symptom” of diabetes is heart disease, as the two are very closely related. People with diabetes have blood vessels that are more susceptible to risk factors such as smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
Diabetes and Heart disease may be closely related, but the methods of fighting them go pretty hand-in-hand as well:
– Construct a heart-healthy/diabetes healthy diet.
– Lower your intake of Trans Fat (whether you create a new diet around this lowered intake or just actively cut it down every now and then per meal)
– Find a good workout that can improve your cardiovascular help. Here are 15 Exercise tips for people with Diabetes.
Smoking and Diabetes
…are two things that absolutely do not go together. Nicotine narrows your blood vessels…and so does diabetes. You can only change whether or not you’re affected by one of those conditions. Drop the cigarettes.
Diabetes Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of diabetes, and occurs primarily due to high AND/OR low blood sugar levels. Meaning the only people dodging this side effect are those skilled or lucky enough to maintain a perfect blood sugar level. This article goes in depth describing exactly what are the main causes of diabetes fatigue, as well as how to recognize them.
Natural Treatments for Diabetes Fatigue
– Reach out and look into some recommended steps for diabetes management
– Rethink your goals and ambitions. For example, if you’re dedicated to exercising but can’t dedicate yourself to actually doing it, examine what exactly is happening that’s keeping you from accomplishing your goals.
– Rest. It’s possible you’re not sleeping enough or spending time stressing over things you can’t control. Look into methods to make sure that you’re getting adequate rest and relaxation.