DIABETES WA is highlighting the need for better stress management for people who live with diabetes.
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes affect over a million Australians and the number of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is expected to triple in just over ten years.
Results from the Diabetes MILES Study, released in May by Diabetes Australia, indicate that about one in four people with diabetes experience clinical levels of depression.
The study, which examined over 3300 Australians with diabetes, found that adults with type 2 insulin-treated diabetes experience the highest levels of depression and anxiety with 35 per cent experiencing moderate to severe depressive symptoms.
Severe diabetes-related distress is more common in adults with type 1 diabetes, with 28 per cent experiencing signs of severe distress.
The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes foundation director Professor Jane Speight, who conducted the study, says people with type 1 diabetes were more likely to feel distressed because they had lived with the condition for much longer and the demands of managing their condition, which involved daily injections and blood checks, were exhausting.
“There is no holiday from type 1 diabetes,” Prof Speight says.
“Prof Speight says fluctuating blood glucose levels induced by stress could lead to severe hypoglycaemia in the short-term and other serious long-term complications....