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Diabetes and Mental Health

Nov 14, 2023

(Source: Written by Darlene DeWitt, MS, RD, LD at Spencer Hospital) Managing diabetes involves physical factors like the health of eyes, kidneys, heart and circulation. Mental health is also an important part of living well with Diabetes. People with Diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from depression as people without Diabetes. Diabetes could also increase how often someone feels anxious as well. These things are 100% manageable—the key is to find support and encouragement.

A support system for someone with Diabetes can include family and friends, coworkers, neighbors, medical practitioners, Diabetes education staff, counselors and community resources such as fitness centers and senior centers.

Diabetes can be complicated, and over time patients can develop “Diabetes Burn out”. They may feel overwhelmed, frustrated, out of control and fearful about managing their Diabetes. In this case, it would be appropriate to seek a referral to a behavioral health professional.

A behavioral health professional can help with lots of issues, such as setting realistic goals, problem solving, learning how to communicate with family, friends, coworkers in a positive way, encouraging relaxation/stress management skills and treating depression, anxiety and other emotional health problems.

There are options for mental health resources available. To learn more about the connection between Diabetes and mental health, go to

Our Diabetes Education Program at Spencer Hospital offers education and support for people with Diabetes. Diabetes Education connects resources and works with patients on quality of life issues as a part of overall health. Program information can be accessed at

Short-term stress and anxiety is a part of life. But if someone with Diabetes continues to struggle with mental health issues, please consider talking with them about finding support by:
• Meeting with their primary care provider (PCP)
• Getting a referral for Diabetes Education from their PCP
• Seeking mental health support
• Creating a support team list and reaching out to resources

This support will help them find strategies and solutions to live their best life with Diabetes.