Impact of Diabetes on Mental and physical health.
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Impact of Diabetes on Mental and physical health.

Student corner: 

Contributed by

Ms Aaliya Masoodi

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body regulates blood sugar or glucose. Glucose is the main source of energy for your cells, and it comes from the food you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body use glucose for energy. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use insulin effectively. This leads to high blood sugar levels, which can cause a range of health problems over time.

Diabetes can have a significant impact on mental health. For one, it can be a stressful and overwhelming condition to manage. People with diabetes need to monitor their blood sugar levels regularly, take medication or insulin as prescribed, and make lifestyle changes to manage their condition. This can be a lot to handle, and it can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, or burnout.

In addition to the stress of managing diabetes, the condition itself can also affect mental health. High blood sugar levels can cause symptoms like fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. Over time, high blood sugar levels can also damage blood vessels and nerves in the brain, leading to cognitive decline or dementia.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to manage both your physical and mental health when you have diabetes. Here are a few tips:


  1. Get support: Managing diabetes can be easier when you have a support network. Consider joining a support group or talking to a therapist who can help you cope with the emotional challenges of the condition.


  1. Stay active: Exercise can help lower blood sugar levels and improve mood. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.


  1. Practice self-care: Taking care of yourself is important for both physical and mental health. Make time for activities you enjoy, such as reading, gardening, or spending time with loved ones.


  1. Eat a healthy diet: A healthy diet can help you manage blood sugar levels and improve overall health. Focus on eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.


  1. Take medication as prescribed: If you take medication or insulin to manage your diabetes, it’s important to take it as prescribed. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.


Remember, managing diabetes is a lifelong process, but it’s possible to live a healthy and fulfilling life with the condition. By taking care of your physical and mental health, you can reduce the risk of complications and improve your overall quality of life. 



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