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Mental Health

Taking care of one’s mental health is equally as important as taking care of one’s physical health – especially for people with diabetes. Diabetes management can be overwhelming and even exhausting at times, and can lead to diabetes distress or fatigue, depression and anxiety, and other emotional health challenges. The shame and blame felt by people with diabetes can also be particularly challenging. Thankfully, you are not alone. The most important thing you can do is advocate for yourself – find a mental health professional and the support system you need on your diabetes journey.

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Anthony Wilson, a patient advocate with the Know Diabetes by Heart campaign, discusses his diagnosis journey, the stigma he has experienced, and his advice to others on finding a support network and being open about their conditions. Continue Reading »

Early action after a type 2 diabetes diagnosis is key to managing your glucose levels, staying healthy, and avoiding complications. Prof. Phillip Home shares his tips for those newly diagnosed – from starting conversations with your healthcare team to finding the right medications for you. Continue Reading »

A diabetes diagnosis can be frightening and confusing. Taking care of your mental health (as well as your physical health) is key to living a healthy life with diabetes. Shawn Laib discusses his journey coming to terms with his diagnosis and what he has learned from others. Continue Reading »

Misguided questions, such as "can you eat that?" from well-meaning friends and family can feel infuriating. Sara Zarr shares how she responds to misconceptions without getting defensive but by fostering open communication. Continue Reading »

HARPdoc, a new educational program, has been evaluated in a clinical trial to determine if it can help people with type 1 diabetes who have an impaired awareness of hypoglycemia. Continue Reading »

Diabetes technology has come a long way over the years, and even more exciting developments seem to be right on the horizon; however, it’s important to be aware of the psychological effects of these devices and the roles they play in diabetes distress. Continue Reading »

Continuous glucose monitoring systems are becoming increasingly popular, and data shows that they can impact a wide range of diabetes outcomes, including glucose levels, quality of life, and reduced complications. New CGMs on the horizon, like the Dexcom G7, have the potential to improve these outcomes even further. Continue Reading »

Weight impacts diabetes and diabetes impacts weight. The emotional and physical toll of excess weight is not exclusive to the type 2 diabetes community as diaTribe staff member, Julie Heverly explores.  Continue Reading »

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