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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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Now that the new year is underway, your resolutions may seem more challenging thank you envisioned. Instead of leaning into the latest fad diet or an expensive gym membership, learn about the importance of small mindset shifts to make your resolutions stick. Continue Reading »

Diabetes can be an isolating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Even if you can’t connect with people in person, there are many ways to find community online. Learn about how to meet others virtually from forums to blogs to social media. Continue Reading »

Hope Warshaw interviews Lauren Plunkett, a person with diabetes, registered dietitian, and certified diabetes care and education specialist to learn how she reframed her own diabetes diagnosis, how she prioritizes mental health, and the importance of connecting with others. Continue Reading »

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 »

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