© 2019 by Garland Developments Inc.

Photos courtesy of Jesseka Melanie Photography

Volunteer icon - footer.png
home.png
Charity # 136623295RR0001

OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM). Please take some time to check out our T1D topics. We encourage you to share this information on your social media to help educate and raise awareness about Type 1 Diabetes.

A diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes adds an emotional weight that is a challenge to bear, day in and day out, because it is a chronic condition that requires diligent 24/7/365 management. This grueling schedule is a burden, leading to other common emotions or conditions, causing even more difficulty managing your blood sugar levels. Many people experience the same emotions associated with loss and find themselves experiencing a grieving period. After all, you have lost something. You’ve lost the normal carefree life you had before. Simply put, Type 1 Diabetes changes your life.

 

Sometimes this weight can manifest itself in different ways; such as anxiety or depression. Depression is more common in people with diabetes compared with the general population. A depressive mood leads to poorer physical and mental functioning, making it more difficult to manage diabetes and leading to:

 

  • poor blood glucose management

  • diabetes-related health problems

  • decreased quality of life

  • increased family problems

  • higher health-care costs

 

While you cannot get rid of stress completely, you can effectively learn how to manage it so that it doesn’t cause even more damage to your T1D management efforts. If your stress seems to be surrounding the challenge of diabetes management, here's a few things you can try:

 

  • establish clear goals

  • keep regularly scheduled appointments

  • set reminders for medication

  • join T1D forums, network with people who truly understand

  • ask for help

 

Depression often goes undiagnosed and untreated. Individuals with diabetes should be regularly screened by their health-care provider. If they don't ask you, you should ask them! It is important for T1Ds to be aware of the symptoms of depression, as untreated depression can have a negative impact on management, with worse glycemic control and suboptimal response to treatment.

 

Common symptoms include:

  • no longer finding pleasure in activities that you once enjoyed

  • experiencing insomnia or sleeping too much

  • loss of appetite or binge eating

  • inability to concentrate

  • feeling lethargic

  • feeling anxious or nervous all the time

  • feeling isolated and alone

  • feeling sad in the morning

  • feeling that you "never do anything right"

  • having suicidal thoughts

  • harming yourself

We all want to be strong and show a brave face, but T1D is overwhelming at the best of times and the uncertainty of it all can be suffocating. If you feel down, or are experiencing any symptoms of depression, please talk to your doctor or your diabetes care team about how you are feeling. When things get tough, you need to turn to your support system or trusted people in your life. One of the most important things you can do is to remember that you are not alone.

 

Kate is available at The Centre and can provide tools, tips and support to help get you through... set up an appointment, today!

DISCLAIMER: You are strongly encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this site, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. PLEASE DO NOT DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY SEEKING MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HAVE READ ON THIS SITE.

Nothing is more impactful than the lived experience. Please send us your stories and photos for us to share throughout the month using the form, below or by sending us an email to outreach@charleshbest.com. If you'd like to be a part of the O&E movement, please let us know by using the form, below, to tell us where your passion lies, what your interests are, who you're connected to and how you can help.

HELP US BUILD A HEALTHY FUTURE.