Once a diabetic, always a diabetic. Easier said than done.

Unlike someone like you who has the fortune of good health, a diabetic is forced to live a million lifetimes in one. Stress, frustration, anger, hopelessness and an entire bouquet of negative emotions can invade a person with diabetes over a period of time.

While this feeling can be devastating for a diabetic, YOU as a family member, a friend or a colleague while wanting to help can completely miss the point and lack empathy. Here are a few things that you can learn about for your diabetic:

When a person you know has diabetes, whether newly diagnosed or a longstanding one, living with it can be overburdening to say the least. Some of the emotions they will periodically go through can include:

  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Bitterness
  • Disappointment
  • Stress

If someone you care for has diabetes, it is important for you to know that they are prone to depression 3 times more than someone without it. Research has found that people who suffer from both diabetes and depression have poorer metabolic and glycemic control which has, in turn, been found to intensify symptoms of depression. Depression can affect a patient’s capacity to deal with their diabetes, including managing blood glucose levels appropriately.

Such people are further at greater risk of suffering from an episode of diabetic burnout which collectively can have adverse effects on physical health and potentially instigate more long term complications both to do with diabetes and independent of it. Depressed people with diabetes are less likely to adhere to medication and diet regimens and subsequently have a reduction in quality of life and increased health care expenditure.

Diabetes is overwhelming. It is important to recognize that this could be happening to someone you care for. Be kind and remember to redirect your diabetic to professional help. A doctor can help treat depression. By helping address depression you are helping your loved one, a friend or a colleague to achieve better glycemic control, a positive state-of-mind and a significantly improved quality of life.

Watch out for your diabetic. A small help can go a long way.