Diabetes: why managing the condition is about so much more than blood sugar levels

People can find the emotional demands relentless, leading to diabetes distress or burnout 
Diabetes distress is the term used to describe the emotional toll the condition and its management can have an an individual

Nurses can help people who find the emotional demands relentless, leading to 'diabetes distress' and even burnout

  • Diabetes distress – feeling defeated, frustrated or overwhelmed by the condition – has a knock-on effect on physical outcomes and quality of life
  • Nursing support starts with asking how the individual is feeling at every appointment, experts advise
  • How to identify individuals who need help with the emotional side of diabetes management

While diabetes is a physical condition, its psychological and emotional toll can jeopardise health, even potentially leading to dangerous complications.

‘Managing diabetes can be relentless,’ says Diabetes UK’s senior clinical adviser Libby Dowling. ‘There are so many decisions to be made on a daily basis, with actions needing to be taken regularly through the day, such as checking your blood sugar levels. It can have a real


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