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Diabetes & Mental Health News

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.

Learn from the experts about how best to support teens with diabetes and engage in difficult health and wellbeing conversations
ADA and AADE publish guidelines for healthcare professionals on word choices that empower people with diabetes
A new online directory locates professionals who are trained to work with the specific mental health needs of people with diabetes
What my new vacuum reminded me about changing my own behavior
Healthcare professionals are increasingly recognizing peer support as a valuable element of diabetes care; read for a list of peer support communities
When the benefits seem “long term,” it’s easy to deprioritize habits today. How to overcome the time perspective challenge – and it costs nothing!
How ten minutes, two easy tasks, and one Post-It Note help me start days on brighter note
How we talk about diabetes matters; using empowering, non-stigmatizing words is important when speaking with and about people with diabetes
Effective tips for surviving food-focused gatherings, defeating stress, cooking smart, sneaking in exercise, and optimizing sleep. Plus, clever recipes and great book...
To commemorate World Obesity Day, we are raising attention on terribly stigmatizing language around obesity and weight
Diabetes advocates, Renza and Grumpy, share the importance of #LanguageMatters and the consequences of “grading” diabetes management
En el Mes Nacional de la Salud de las Minorías, el autor comparte la historia de su diagnóstico de diabetes tipo 2
Nurse and diabetes educator (and person with type 2 diabetes in remission!) Michael Hattori introduces seven self-care behaviors that provide a foundation for managing...
Michael continues to discuss tips and resources for the seven self-care behaviors that provide a foundation for managing your diabetes during challenging times
A guide to managing stress and anxiety during the pandemic, and a list of free mental health resources to help
Experts wrote a joint consensus statement on what is needed to combat obesity stigma. The statement dives into common myths about obesity and offers recommendations for...
La importancia de la comunicación, volver a una “nueva vida normal”, superar el miedo y encontrar una comunidad para un adolescente recientemente diagnosticado
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.”
What is the link between vision loss and mental health outcomes, and how can eye exams tell us what is going on in the brain and the body?
A currently-recruiting study will provide access to some of the world’s leading diabetes psychologists, support groups, and strategies to reduce distress and improve...

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