Taking diabetes medication is only one part in the treatment of diabetes. There are many lifestyle changes, including managing stress, that play an important role. Daily activities related to nutrition, physical activity and managing emotions often affect how diabetes is managed in your life.
The rigors of managing diabetes can be challenging. Some days are easier than others. Over time, stress can settle in and may lead to depression if not addressed. About one in four people living with diabetes have depression. Depression can lead to poor lifestyle choices, such as unhealthy eating, less exercise, weight gain and even smoking. Furthermore, it can affect your ability to perform tasks, communicate and think clearly which can interfere with the ability to successfully manage diabetes.
The good news is both can be managed together. Research shows that having a collaborative care team behind you can help improve both depression and diabetes. This type of care is available if you are a member of the OSU Health Plan. The Care Coordination Program can support you with an interdisciplinary team that includes a nurse, diabetes health coach, pharmacist and a connection to EAP counselors.
If you would like to learn more about living well with diabetes, join Diabetes Health Coach, Jessica and EAP Counselor, Jodie on October 8 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. as they offer a four-week group health coaching series “Living Well with Type 2 Diabetes.” This series is designed to help those living with type 2 diabetes navigate their experience with this long-term condition; the goal is not just to manage the disease, but to live well. During these sessions, you are encouraged to ask questions and gain support from others living with diabetes as well as engage in self-guided learning activities. Click here to sign up today.
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