It is not uncommon to experience depression if you have diabetes. Take comfort that you are not alone and that the condition can be successfully treated. Some research suggests that depression can be a trigger for the onset of Type 2 diabetes because both involve imbalances in the same hormones. Fortunately, there are therapies and medications available to help.

The common symptoms of depression include:

  • Feeling sad or empty for two weeks or more  

  • Less interest or pleasure from activities you previously enjoyed

  • Significant weight loss or weight gain  

  • Irregular sleep patterns nearly every day

  • Feeling "slowed down" or having no energy  

  • Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt

  • Difficulty concentrating nearly every day  

  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

You can combat the symptoms of depression through stress management techniques and relaxation methods. A local diabetes support group is a great way to share your thoughts. Family and friends can also offer help and understanding in dealing with your mood disorder.

If you and your doctor feel that your depression has lasted longer than usual and is more than you can handle with family and community support, you should discuss other options such as counseling or medication.

Do not let depression keep you from following you daily diabetes regimen, diet and exercise. Controlling your blood sugar levels is your best bet for keeping in top physical and mental health. Stick with your winning plan!


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