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The big “3D debate”: Diabetes, depression and disability

by , 06 January 2014

Did you know that your depression could stem from your diabetes-related health issues? And what's worse, thanks to your diabetes, you could be at greater risk of suffering from physical disabilities. Let's have a look at how these three D's are related, and how you can prevent the downward spiral of a treatable disease like diabetes…

It’s quite understandable that your diabetes could be causing your depression. After all, you’re not feeling quite as well as you should and your health isn’t in a great state. Plus, you’re no longer able to live as care free as you would’ve hoped and you’re feeling a little blue…
 
This depression, however, could put you at a greater risk of developing disabilities! 
 
This because having diabetes leaves you with twice the risk of having a disability. Depression on top of that increases your risk of a severe disability even further. 
 
Revealed: The first step in taking charge of your diabetes-related depression
 
Preventing this, starts by making sure you and your family know what the signs of depression are.
 
Take note of the following:
 
  • Not wanting to get out of bed,
  • Overeating or under eating for no reason
  • Lack of motivation
  • Feeling down for long periods 
  • Unexplained emotional outbursts
 
These could be signs that you’re depressed, and you need to take charge. Overcome your depression to reduce your risk of impacting your disability risk. 
 
What you eat can help you regain control of your diabetes, stop depression and prevent disabilities in one go!
 
Changing your diet and lifestyle can help you control your diabetes. These changes also put you at lower risk of being depressed. 
 
Allow yourself to feel better by eating healthy foods and adding exercise to your daily routine.
 
There are fairly simple ways in which you can change your diet! Stop diabetes in its tracks by adding certain food groups to what you would regularly eat. 
 
Lower your risk of disability by taking control of your diabetes-related depression. 
 
There you have it: Simple lifestyle changes can help you regain control of your diabetes. Make these changes immediately and live an all-round healthier life. 
 

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