Professor puts focus on psychological well-being

Diabetes educators are being urged to focus as much on the mental health of people with diabetes as they do on blood glucose management.

That’s because a high proportion of people with diabetes experience moderate-to-severe depressive symptoms, says Professor Jane Speight, Director of the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes.

“The mental health of people with diabetes is often not on the radar because of the focus on blood glucose, cardiovascular risk and nerve damage,” she told ADS-ADEA, the Australian Diabetes Society & Australian

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