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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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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 »

Researchers are investigating if increasing positive affect – the feelings of being happy, cheerful, or proud of your accomplishments – can help teens with type 1 diabetes develop more adaptive coping strategies for their diabetes distress. Continue Reading »

Diabetes is complex and difficult, but a strong support group can help young adults get through it.  Find out the advantages of a peer support group and where to find them. Continue Reading »

Scott Johnson, a community leader on diabetes, speaks with diaTribe's Cherise Shockley about his decision to write about his diabetes and mental health. He explains the advantages and disadvantages of sharing his journey on online platforms and the importance of sharing your own story. You can watch the interview here Continue Reading »

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