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diabetes burnout  William H. Polonsky
Diabetes Burnout:
 Diabetes Burnout is an interactive book that addresses the emotional issues that contribute to poor glycemic control and provides guidance to overcoming the barriers to good self-care. Worksheets help readers assess their current state of motivation and establish a successful plan of action.

psyching out diabetes  Richard R. Rubin, Ph.D., C.D.E.
Psyching Out Diabetes:  
This book examines the psychological obstacles of diagnosis such as panic, fear, anger, shame, and guilt and how to put them into perspective. Through proper maintenance, diet, and education, this book is tailor-made for the diabetic or anyone with a diabetic in their life who wants to overcome the negative emotions associated with this disease and learn the coping skills necessary to integrate diabetes into their daily life.  Dr. Rubin is a faculty member of the John's Hopkins Medical School.

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diabetes forecast - caring for the diabetic soul   Diabetes Forecast
Caring for the Diabetic Soul:
 This reassuring new book is a collection of articles from the award-winning Diabetes Forecast magazine. Each chapter offers practical suggestions for dealing with the emotional challenges of daily diabetes care. Whether readers want to discover how to balance the emotional ups and downs or offer support and care for the child with diabetes. Caring for the Diabetic Soul provides insight, guidance, and most of all, peace of mind.

2006 Diabetes and mental health links

Edinburgh researchers to probe memory loss in people with diabetics - Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are aiming to pinpoint why diabetes can cause memory loss and mental decline. A thousand people will take part in the study, the largest of its kind ever undertaken in the UK.  06/26/2006

Kids with type 1 diabetes often depressed - Symptom of depression are common among children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes, according to researchers from Harvard Medical School, Boston.  06/19/2006

Diabetes among mentally ill rises - The incidence of diabetes is growing at an alarming rate among mentally ill patients in the United States, The New York Times reports.  06/12/2006

In Diabetes, One More Burden for the Mentally Ill - Among the mentally ill, roughly one in five people appear to develop diabetes - about double the normal rate.  06/12/2006

New study to test theory linking Alzheimer's disease to diabetes -  A provocative new theory suggests that one root cause of Alzheimer's disease is linked to diabetes -- a theory about to be tested in thousands of Alzheimer's patients given the diabetes drug Avandia in hopes of slowing brain decay.  06/12/2006

Antidepressants may boost diabetes risk - The use of antidepressants appears to increase the onset of diabetes in some high-risk individuals, according to a government-funded study announced Saturday.  06/11/2006

Depression triggers diabetes, not other away around, scientists say - A researcher at the University of Alberta studying Saskatchewan health data has discovered a link between depression and diabetes. Dr. Jeffrey Johnson works with diabetics, people whose bodies don't produce enough insulin, and over the years he noticed many of them suffer from depression.  06/05/2006

Depression can trigger diabetes, scientists say - A researcher at the University of Alberta studying Saskatchewan health data has discovered a link between depression and diabetes. Diabetics suffer from a lack of insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels.  06/05/2006

Depression linked to diabetes: Canadian study - Researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered a link between depression and diabetes, particularly in young adults. Dr. Jeffrey Johnson and his team looked at more than 32,000 case studies of Saskatchewan patients and have published their findings in the medical journal Diabetes Care.  06/05/2006

2005 Diabetes and mental health links

Alzheimer's: A New Form of Diabetes?   Insulin Problems Linked to Early Stages of Alzheimer's Disease:  Alzheimer's disease may be a new, third type of diabetes that shares common features of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. ... Researchers found that insulin and the cells that process it in the brain drop sharply in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. They also found that insulin levels continue to decline as the disease progresses and becomes more severe.  

Diabetes And Depression Can Be A Fatal Mix - In a University of Washington and Group Health Cooperative three-year study, people whose type 2 diabetes was accompanied by minor or major depression had higher mortality rates than did patients with type 2 diabetes alone.  10/27/2005

Seniors Beware: Diabetes and Depression Can Be a Fatal Mix - Diabetics (type 2) suffering even minor depression are more likely to die than those not experiencing depression, a new study reports. The researchers also say a sedentary lifestyle is an important, independent predictor of mortality from diabetes. Senior citizens and baby boomers should be particularly aware of the depression-diabetes mix, since they are the most likely to have both type 2 diabetes and depression.  10/27/2005

Diabetes Not Associated with Depression (Study):  People with diabetes are no more likely than the general population to have depression, according to study results reported in the journal Diabetes Care. Reuters Health, September 5, 2005

Depressive symptoms of type 2 diabetics treated with insulin compared to diabetics taking oral anti-diabetic drugs: A Korean study  Conclusions:  The data showed that insulin treatment is related to the presence of depressive symptoms, and the importance of more careful psychological support of Korean insulin-treated type 2 diabetic patients is strongly suggested.  Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice; Volume 69, Issue 3, Pages 209-312 (September 2005); page item #7.

Mental Illness in Children With Type 2 Diabetes:  A study conducted at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (USA), published in the June issue of "Pediatric Diabetes," has found that mental illness is quite common in children with type 2 diabetes.   Pediatric Diabetes; Reuters Health, as posted on June 28, 2005.

Depressive Symptoms and Mortality Among Persons With and Without Diabetes:  A study published in the April 1 issue of the "American Journal of Epidemiology" has concluded that people with diabetes were more likely to develop depression than people without the condition and that depression in people with diabetes was associated with a higher mortality rate.  American Journal of Epidemiology, April 2005 161(7):652-660; doi:10.1093/aje/kwi089

Psychological Stress May Induce Diabetes-Related Autoimmunity in InfancyResearchers at the University of Linköping in Sweden, in a study published in the February issue of "Diabetes Care," have found that children who developed type 1 diabetes were more likely to have parents or belong to a family with high stress levels. Over 4,000 children under the age of 1 were studied. Type 1 diabetes is triggered by a mixture of genetic and environmental factors but the exact causes of the condition are as yet unknown.  Excerpt posted on, February 17, 2005.  

Eating Disorders in Type 1 Diabetics:  Eating disorders not uncommon in females with Type 1 Diabetes: The Relationship of Disordered Eating Habits and Attitudes to Clinical Outcomes in Young Adult Females With Type 1 Diabetes.  Diabetes Care 28:84-88, 2005

2004 Diabetes and mental health links

Diabetics With Mental Disorders At Increased Risk For Diabetic Complications - Diabetics with mental disorders do not have as good blood sugar control as diabetics without mental illness and are more likely to suffer one or more diabetes complication including loss of kidney.  12/13/2004

Some Anti-Psychotic Medications May Trigger Diabetes - The rate of diabetes among persons taking certain newer anti-psychotic medications is higher than that found in the general population, Yale researchers report in a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry.  10/08/2004


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