Living and Coping With Diabetes

Diabetes and Depression

In many cases of medical study, there are often several different health issues that can be linked to one another either by causation or simple correlation. One of the more common ones is the link between gum disease and heart health. Another popular one is anxiety and blood pressure. One that is only recently coming to light, however, is the possible link between diabetes and the prevalence of symptoms of depression.
It is thought that this link is not only possibly causal that diabetes can cause the onset of depressive symptoms, but also that the reverse is potentially true as well: that someone with a history of depression is more likely to develop diabetes. The meticulous interactions of the brain’s chemistry seem as if they could potentially work interchangeably in either direction. Diabetic neuropathy and blocked blood vessels to the brain have been seen to contribute to the onset of symptoms of depression, while there is also speculation that depression may cause changes in the brain that contribute to the development of diabetes.
One argument that is often made is the psychological impact of managing diabetes as more than a full-time job for all the effort it requires, which could in itself set in motion the development of depression. The energy necessary to manage diabetes is taxing and can easily affect emotions for all the stress it causes. These stressors can contribute to altered brain chemistry that eventually develops into exhibited symptoms. And with these symptoms comes a more difficult path of keeping up the regimen of managing diabetes in the long term. This vicious cycle perpetuates itself in that the inability to manage diabetes can exacerbate depression by way of amplifying the effects of change in brain chemistry. As if that weren’t enough, some medication that is often used to manage depression can be hindering to anyone with type-2 diabetes.
Managing your emotions when dealing with diabetes, keeping stressors to a minimum whenever possible, seems to be the most effective way of avoiding such changes. Changes that come about when emotions are poorly managed or not managed at all can include:

  • Sleep schedule disturbance
  • Disinterest in hobbies or activities that you once found enjoyable
  • Withdrawal from family or friends
  • Fatigue
  • Suicidal thoughts or tendencies
  • Lack of self-care
  • A distinct feeling that diabetes as “ruined your life”

These are but a few of the difficulties faced by someone who poorly manages the stressors brought on by trying to manage diabetes, a list which also includes lack of a sex life and poorly managed weight. Every single one of these side effects, with the exception of the specificity regarding diabetes ruining your life, are also prominent side effects of a patient who suffers from depression.
So, what can you do to prevent such side effects from occuring? If you suffer from diabetes, the task of managing it is practically non-negotiable, which means the stress of managing it is almost inevitable. And therein lies your key. Managing stress in healthy ways is what appears to be the best way to avoid the onset of depression symptoms as well. Taking time for yourself whenever possible, keep close to people who are important to you. Maintaining a strong social life and a strong support system in your struggle against diabetes is one of the best ways of combating the stress that often accompanies it. And if you find that even these are only having a minimal impact or even no impact at all, consulting your physician could be necessary as determining any medication or other therapies that might help could be crucial in staving off further difficulty.

Hypoglycemia and Diabetes

People with diabetes suffer from the condition of hyperglycemia also referred to as high blood sugar. So how can someone with this condition ever suffer from the exact opposite: low blood sugar or hypoglycemia? Believe it or not, this happens with people who have diabetes because their’s an imbalance between their medication, diet, and lifestyle.

Vegan Diet & Diabetes

Type-2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body metabolizes sugar (or glucose, take your pick), the fuel that provides our bodies with energy. This is a direct result of how insulin in your body performs or, in some cases, the lack of insulin that your body produces. Many have speculated that consuming too much sugar over a period of time contributed to the onset of type-2 diabetes, and while this is neither confirmed nor denied, obesity has been listed as a contributing factor. Many complications can arise from having type-2 diabetes, such as heart and blood vessel disease, damage to various areas of the body (including nerves, eyes, feet and kidneys), as well as hearing impairment, skin conditions and even Alzheimer’s disease.

The Link Between Diabetes And Yeast Infections

Diabetes is on the rise, with more and more people getting it by the day. Obesity and a bad diet can increase your risk of getting it and once you do get it you will have to start taking medication. If you notice that you are getting more yeast infections than usual and you are overweight, you might want to get tested for diabetes.

Diabetes and Gum Disease

Along with a long list of other complications, gum disease can result from diabetes that is not properly controlled. The two main forms of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. With gingivitis, the gums become red and swollen and may easily bleed. If not treated, this milder form of gum disease can become full-blown periodontitis, which is where the gums pull away from the teeth and infection takes a firm hold, leading to bone, tissue and tooth loss.


Diabetes and Disaster Preparedness

It’s heart-wrenching to watch all that people go through as natural disasters play out on our television screens. Tucked away, along with sympathy for those in the midst of a hurricane, earthquake, flood or other catastrophic events, is the very understandable thought, “I’m so glad that’s not happening to me!”. The truth is, however, that we are all susceptible to major life-changing events, and they can happen with very little notice. Those with a chronic medical condition, like diabetes, are especially vulnerable and should take seriously the advice to be prepared.    (more…)

Tips to Help You Maintain Your Blood Sugar During the Holidays

We all have our favorite holiday activities. It might be watching fireworks on the 4th of July, heading to the beach for Labor Day, as summer winds down, or finding the perfect pumpkin to carve for Halloween. For many of us, it’s the non-stop activities that seem to begin with the Macy’s Day Parade, early Thanksgiving morning, and continue through the last bowl game on New Year’s Day. But, no matter what holiday or activity tops your list, you can bet that it involves not only extreme amounts of food and drink but the kind designed to send blood sugar levels through the roof. (more…)

Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Diabetes has become so common in the U.S. that there may be a danger of losing sight of just how serious a disease it is. In the diabetic community, there has long been a saying that diabetes won’t kill you, but its complications will. The list of complications is long and includes, heart disease, nerve damage, kidney failure, foot and leg amputation, blindness, Alzheimer’s and a host of others. And, while the saying about diabetes not killing you may be catchy, the truth, according to the American Diabetes Association, is that, “Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2015, with 79,535 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 252,806 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.” (more…)

Urinary Incontinence and Diabetes

There are over 30 million people in the U.S. who have diabetes, even if nearly a quarter of them have not been diagnosed. 13 million individuals in the U.S. have been diagnosed with urinary incontinence, and it is believed that the percentage of undiagnosed incontinence is likely to be significant. Diabetes is a disease, while incontinence is a symptom related to lifestyle choices, physical issues or an underlying medical condition. Urinary incontinence is often linked to diabetes because diabetes is one of the more common medical conditions that contribute to incontinence. (more…)

The Fundamental Differences Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Most people know that diabetes involves the inability to control glucose, or blood sugar, by not producing enough insulin or not managing it correctly. This leads to elevated levels of glucose in the body, which can result in very serious complications, such as heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage, hardening of the arteries, foot and leg amputation and blindness. (more…)