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Diabetes and emotional health resource launched

By Editor
12th March 2019
Charity, Psychological support

A resource to help healthcare professionals support the emotional needs of adults with diabetes has been launched.

Diabetes and emotional health − a practical guide for health professionals supporting adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes is an evidence based resource with dedicated chapters on common emotional issues that people living with diabetes might experience, such as eating problems, depression, anxiety disorders, fear of hypos and diabetes distress.

The guide has been developed by Diabetes UK and offers strategies and tools for how to recognise emotional problems and start conversations to address them.

The resource was designed on the premise that when healthcare professionals take someone’s emotional needs into account, diabetes management improves, because the emotional and physical aspects of diabetes management cannot be separated.

Libby Dowling, Senior Clinical Advisor at Diabetes UK, said: “Looking after the emotional needs of people living with diabetes is as important as caring for their physical needs, but for many healthcare professionals starting those conversations isn’t easy.

“This resource has been created to help them feel more confident to discuss emotional needs during consultation time, provide support or refer to the right type of support when needed. It will be invaluable in supporting healthcare professionals to provide holistic care to adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.”

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