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Psychological support needed to cope with diabetes

More emotional and psychological support needs to be made available to those living with diabetes claims charity.

Diabetes recently conducted a survey of 3,845 people and found that 68% of those who needed the support had not received it.

Access to emotional and psychological support is one of the 15 healthcare essentials that Diabetes UK says every person living with the condition should be able to access. The risk of depression is twice as high in those who are diabetic and levels of anxiety and eating disorder are also significantly higher.

 

The charity is calling upon nursing staff to be aware of the potential psychological problems that may arise in patients and urges clinical commissioning groups to provide the support services where possible.

Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “Living with diabetes means never having a single day off from managing your condition and people with diabetes tell us that coping with your diabetes every hour of every day can be exhausting and stressful. Feeling isolated is also common in people with the condition. But getting the right emotional help can make a real difference and can improve people's mental health as well as helping improve their physical health outcomes.

“GPs need to consider the emotional needs of people with diabetes as part of personal care planning and they should ask people how they are feeling because this that can open the door for people being able to get more professional support. But this will only happen if appropriate services are commissioned and available.”