diabetes question...?

ive just been on a website about diabetes and it says one of the risks of developing diabetes is severe mental health problems, amongst other symptoms. How can severe mental health problems be a risk factor?

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  • Scott
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    1 decade ago
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think you might be misinterpreting the statement or be unsure of what is meant by the terms 'risk of ' and/or 'risk factor'.

    To say that something 'increases the risk for' something else means that that first thing makes it more likely that the person will experience the second thing than they would be if they were not exposed to the certain thing. For exanple, we know that overeating will increase your likelihood of becoming overweight.

    A 'risk factor' is something which is present in the person's body or environment which indicates that a certain thing is more likely to happen. Risk factors for diabetes are genetic predisposition, poor diet, being overweight, and a number of other things.

    Mental health issues can probably be considered a risk factor for diabetes because things like depression, anxiety, and so on can all change the ways people eat and the amount of activity that they get. Additionally, some medications for psychiatric conditions have a side effect of interfering with the patient's blood sugar levels...frequently, in fact, this creates carb or sugar cravings.

    On the flipside, however, mental illness sometimesdoes settle in after the diabetes does. When left to its own devices, diabetes can work havoc on its' surfferers' bodies and keep them from doing many of the things they want to do. This is itself can be depressing; and even under the best of circumstances, it can be stressful to have to monitor your blood sugar levels more carfefully than other people usually do. This kind of thing can get tedious, and the 'Why me?' question often comes into play. The link between diabetes and mental illness is in how one affects the other. When your brain isn't working right, you either aren't inclined to take care of yourself or sometimes don't even know how to do so. Diabetes is becoming more and more common in the Internet Age because....surprise..... people just don't know how to, cannot, or sometimes even will not take care of themselves anymore. In the end, a person's mental health status affects their risk factor for ANY OTHER medical condition. It all comes down into how well they can and do take care of themselves.

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    4 years ago

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  • zyllee
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Well, from time to time diabetics can get extremely depressed that they have to worry about this stuff every single day. Also on occasion they will get depressed if they cannot keep their sugars steady.

    In addition, if their sugar is high they can feel bad and be emotional and if it is low they can also feel bad and emotional. Although the emotional part for high values isn't always documented on websites that I've read.

    But on the whole i wouldn't categorize any of that as severe unless they are very very depressed. And to be honest anyone can be just as depressed and emotional over other things so I really don't think you can say that is a symptom.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Perhaps you misunderstood. The report probably stated that one of the health risks when a person is developing diabetes is severe mental disabilities. The word developing is used as a synonym for contracting in this case. It means that a person could also have severe mental problems if they become diabetic or already have diabetes.

  • summer
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I wanted to read the article to better understand your question but the link is no good. I want to say that maybe with depression, etc. there is a likelihood of excess eating and weight gain which commonly leads to insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes.

    I have heard that often, teens with type 1 diabetes are prone to becoming Anorexic or Bulemic. This is often because it is difficult to maintain a healthy weight while taking insulin injections.

    Source(s): Type 1 for 15+ years and interested in mental health issues.
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    4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I'm a diabetic and that's a new one to me. I don't know what website you were looking at but I'm sure there no correlation of severe mental health problems and diabetes. What idiot would post something like that? I've been to hundreds of sites for diabetes and not one of them states anything about mental health issues. Can you update your questions to include the website? I've got to see this one also.

    If you are diagnosed with diabetes, it is only natural to feel depression, anxiety, etc. as you adjust to your new lifestyle of eating and excercising. But having mental health problems does not contribute to diabetes.

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