7/12/2020 Where I’m At Today, The Emotional Part Of Diabetes.
Friday, July 10, 2020
Today is a Beautiful Day. If you have diabetes, we know the importance of our medications, diet, activity and many other factors that affect our health. I was surprised, however, to learn that my mental state can also affect my health.
“How are you?” is more than a greeting. It is something vitally to ask myself. If my answer is often “angry” or “sad,” I need to take a moment and identify the cause. Being honest with myself about how I feel is an important step in managing my diabetes.
Anger is ok—to a point. Anger and thoughts such as “Why Me?” can pop up any time. It is a common reaction, especially when I was first diagnosed. Typically, the anger is replaced with reality and motivation to manage my condition.
When my anger persisted, I spoke with my diabetic doctor, a diabetes nurse/educator/counselor and a dietician. Leaving anger unresolved caused me to stress, which can cause fluctuations in my blood sugar levels and poor control of my diabetes. It also leads to depression.
Depression—when you are more than sad. People with diabetes are two to three times more likely to have depression than those who do not have diabetes. I was having feelings of sadness, but depression also affected my sleep patterns and made it more difficult to enjoy activities and do many tasks, including managing my diabetes.
It is important to talk with your doctor about feelings of sadness and emptiness. If you have depression, your doctor may recommend therapy, medication or both. There are many great blogs on SparkPeople about depression and/or diabetes and I would recommend reading as many blogs as you can.
Denial can put you at risk, for years I tried to minimize my diabetes and its care. Anything that keeps you from following your treatment plan increases your risk for complications such as nerve damage, heart disease, eye problems and kidney failure. Talk with your doctor or diabetes educator for help if you:
Skip blood sugar checks or health care visits.
Revert to unhealthy habits.
Ignore a sore that will not heal.
Remember, whatever emotions you have are OK if you take care of yourself. You do not have to do it alone. Get help from your health care team, family friends or support group.
I need to stay dedicated to the program because I know I could backslide at any time.
Thank-you for all the feedback and support from everyone that got me to this point.