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Diabetes: why mental well-being is so important for glycaemic control

Depression often goes hand in hand with a diabetes diagnosis, but mental health support is sorely lacking

Depression often goes hand in hand with a diabetes diagnosis, but mental health support is sorely lacking

More than six out of ten people with diabetes sometimes or often feel down due to the long-term condition, according to Diabetes UK.

Around 3.5 million people in the UK have a diagnosis of diabetes. The Diabetes UK survey of 8,500 people in 2017 found that 64% feel diabetes affects their emotional well-being, while one in three say diabetes gets in the way of them or their family members doing things they want to do.

64%

of people with diabetes say it has affected their emotional well-being

Source: Diabetes UK

The findings chime with those of an independent study by an

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