Diabetes is a disease which affects the ability of body to respond to or to produce the hormone named “insulin” is affected, and results in increased levels of glucose and unusual metabolism of carbohydrates in the blood. Type 1 and Type 2 are two different types of diabetes.
Insulin-dependent diabetes or Type 1 diabetes is the more severe form. It is often known as ‘juvenile diabetes’ as it usually affects teens and children, though there is no age specific to this. Non-insulin based or Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form. It is also known as ‘adult onset’ diabetes as it usually develops after 35. However, it affects a large number of younger people.
There are 70 million adults suffering diabetes in India, affecting over 422 million people across the world. Around 25.3% of people are suffering from diabetes under 25 in India and have adult-onset type-2 diabetes which strikes just older adults who have family history with diabetes. Now, according to a research, diabetes also has mental effects. It is not a condition which affects physical health of people. According to Metro.co.uk, there is a growing need of better mental support for the people surviving with diabetes.
Conducted by Diabetes UK, a survey reveals that three of five patients experience mental and emotional health problems that are directly connected to their disease.
Around 64% of 8500 individuals of varied ages, backgrounds and ethnicities which have been surveyed suggest that they sometimes feel upset due to their diabetes. In addition, 33% said that diabetes affected the way of a family member or those doing things they love to do, while 30% felt that their diabetes is controlling their lives.
The study also revealed that 19% of volunteers used counseling or support from a professional while 32% had used self-help materials like videos, books, and resources available online.
Chris Askew, Diabetes UK Chief Executive, believes that it shows how isolation may affect people’s lives to manage a serious yet invisible condition.
He added, “We would like to have a system where expert help from those who understand this condition for those who seriously need it. But to achieve that, we should have a proper funding of GBP 44 million for the programme of diabetes transformation which is supposed to improve the care and treatment for those who suffer diabetes. Investing will just let us to enjoy huge social and financial benefits in future and will be helping people to live with diabetes properly.”
Despite having the complex intersection of mental health and diabetes, there is a hope. Many people are there who are diabetic and living happy lives and fulfilling relationships. If you have diabetes-based stress problems, keep in mind that it may improve. Always keep try diabetes self caring with the help of your doctor.