Diabetes, Depression and Anxiety – when too sweet is too bitter
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It impacts every aspect of health and wellbeing and is highly unpredictable. Further, it leads to other chronic conditions creating yet new unpredictable circumstances. It is not surprising that diabetes and mental health go hand in hand: the sense of burden or defeat that oftentimes punctuates life with diabetes leads to diabetes distress, anxiety and depression – and, reciprocally, these conditions worsen diabetes. Additionally, the modern technology with a constant overload of information that has to be processed and acted upon while being able to improve glycemic control and reduce hypoglycemia with consistent use also leads to increased anxiety and depression symptoms, especially in youth.