Distress Linked to Diabetes

Research presented to the Conference suggested that in any 18-month period, a third to half of people with diabetes experience heightened levels of distress related to their condition and levels of depression among people with diabetes are up to three times more likely.

The research also claimed that less than half of those who suffer receive treatment.

Diabetes distress includes the fears, worries, and burdens associated with the condition. Danielle Hessler Jones, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and lead investigator said:

“These findings emphasise the significance of providing comprehensive support that addresses both the educational and emotional needs of individuals living with diabetes.”

Advocacy Action: As the number of diabetes cases continues to rise, addressing mental health challenges is a critical element in helping individuals with diabetes manage their care plan. What is happening in your country? Is there a mental health care plan for people with diabetes?