Policy briefing

Diabetes: recommendations for improving mental well-being

All-party group calls for clearer pathways to support individuals’ psychological needs
Woman looks in distress at her insulin kit

All-party group calls for clearer pathways to support individuals’ psychological needs

Essential facts

Diabetes can have a significant effect on mental well-being, and there are high rates of depression, anxiety and eating disorders among people with the condition.

Almost 3.7 million people in the UK have a diabetes diagnosis, according to Diabetes UK. Nine out of ten of these have type 2 diabetes, which is strongly linked to lifestyle.

A survey from Diabetes UK of 8,500 people last year (2017) found that three out of five people with the condition said they often or sometimes feel down because of their diabetes.

About four in ten people experience diabetes-specific emotional distress, which affects people's ability to manage their condition, according to the charity.

What’s new

A report in August from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)