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Diabetes and Mental Health

Updated: Jan 15, 2019

Diabetes is often associated with high or low blood glucose. Our brain uses glucose for a lot of functions such as thinking, making judgement, memory and emotions. Having low or high blood sugar can affect our organs from our eyes to our feet.

People with diabetes are at greater risk of developing depression, high or uncontrolled blood glucose along with other outside stressors or stress caused by the serious chronic disease. Poorly controlled diabetes can worsen the symptoms.

As a teenager I was a competitive roller skater and held a number of national and international titles. For years I struggled with an eating disorder especially being apart of an aesthetic sport. This mindset carried with me even after my recovery. Now as a young adult and a newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic, a change of diet, carb counting, injecting, all of it just scared me! I was embarrassed and afraid that my eating disorder would come back.

Being a young adult and figuring your way in this world and dealing with everyday struggles can build up, I encourage you to reach out and talk to your friends, family, work colleagues, doctors or nurses if you are feeling overwhelmed. Remember it is normal to feel this way sometimes in life and it is ok to ask for help.

We need to be strong together to be healthy!

You're not alone

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