The emotional toll of diabetes affects carers too

Those who provide mental health support also need it, says Diabetes UK’s Dan Howarth
A worried-looking man at a kitchen table with a woman standing next him.

Those who provide mental health support also need it themselves, says Diabetes UK’s Dan Howarth

A diabetes diagnosis can be life-changing news and will often bring significant emotional strain – not only to people with diabetes, but also to those closest to them.

People living with diabetes must manage their condition carefully if they are to avoid the complications associated with the condition, which include sight loss, stroke and amputation.

Diabetes can feel relentless. Managing it requires people to check their blood glucose levels continually, self-administer medication regularly and attend a wide range of essential annual check-ups with healthcare professionals.

Carers suffering

The need for careful and constant self-management can seriously affect a person’s mental


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