Diseases & Conditions

Diabetes and Obesity can Cause Depression

Many people suffer from depression at some point in their lives and people with diabetes
are no exception.  If you are obese and have type 2 diabetes you may blame yourself and
your lifestyle on the disease you now have.  It is hard to adjust to a new lifestyle.  Feeling
down or guilty about this is okay and even normal but if it turns into something more you
need to seek professional help.

It is normal to feel down about having diabetes in the beginning but once you learn more
about the disease and how to control it you can also feel more in control of your life
again.  Take charge, if you are obese and want to improve your blood glucose levels you
can.  By eating a healthy diet and regular exercise you can lose weight and improve your
blood sugars.

If your feeling of being down or hopeless will not go away and is accompanied by any of
the following as well you may be depressed.  If this is the case, contact your doctor right

Signs of depression:

*    You are no longer sleeping like you used to (more or less)
*    Not enjoying life or everyday activities like you used to
*    No energy to do things you want or have to do
*    You are eating more or less or have sudden weight gain or loss

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you seek help.  Being obese and diabetic
can be trying both mentally and physically.  It is important to know that you can take
action to make things better.  Your diabetes may never go away but you can certainly
keep it under control and live a full life.  By losing weight, even a small amount, you can
make a huge difference in your health and diabetes.