Dealing with Diabetes Distress, Burnout, and Depression

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 1994, Pumper '09 on Nov 10, 2018 1:01:34 PM

Diabetes distress and diabetes burnout are two terms that are discussed frequently, but what exactly do they mean? Fisher, Hessler, Polonsky, & Mullan (2012) define diabetes-related distress as “the unique, often hidden, emotional burdens and worries that are part of the spectrum of patient experience when managing a severe, demanding chronic disease like diabetes.” This distress is typically understood as relating to 4 interconnected domains: (1) the emotional impact of living with a chronic health condition; (2) the stress associated with diabetes management; (3) the pressures associated with managing social relationships while living with diabetes; and (4) the stress associated with managing relationships with healthcare professionals treating your diabetes.

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Nightscout...the Original CGM Sharing Program

My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 5 years ago. She was 6 years old at the time. All she knew about T1D was what she saw or heard from me. I've been managing a life with Type 1 for 20 years.

Before she was diagnosed, I used to hear whispers of new treatments, tools and potential cures coming down the pipe, but always with the tagline of '5-10 years from now'. They were right. That 5 years turned to 10, which quickly turned to 15 and now 20, yet - after millions of hours and dollars invested in research and development, I felt that there had been no significan progress. I had basically become numb to 'the pipeline' and had completely given up on 'the cure', until I tripped over Nightscout while scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook a few years ago.

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What should I do if my pump fails?

Posted by Daniel Bestvater RPh, CDE - T1 1977, Pumper 20+ years on Sep 12, 2018 1:49:57 PM

Have you ever thought about what you would do if something happened to your insulin pump?

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A Little Self-Compassion Can Go a Long Way in Helping You Deal with Diabetes

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 1994, Pumper '09 on Aug 13, 2018 10:00:18 AM

Diabetes can present as an incredible burden on those who live with it. There is a lot of social stigma felt by people with diabetes and those who care for them, which can lead to feelings of difference, isolation, and personal failure. The daily regiment of management is demanding and can be overwhelming. And the ups and downs of blood glucose levels can be exhausting and traumatic. All of these factors combined often lead people with diabetes to judge themselves harshly.

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When Worry Comes to Visit: Understanding and Managing Anxiety Related to Diabetes

Posted by Virtue Bajurny, BSW, MSW, RSW Type 1 1994, Pumper '09 on Jul 24, 2018 9:03:59 AM

Those that live with diabetes, either themselves or have a loved one with the condition, know why worry can go hand in hand with having diabetes. Managing diabetes is something that seems to be on our minds all the time, even when not in the forefront of our thoughts. There are so many factors that can affect blood glucose levels that, even when you seem to have everything under control, levels can change quickly and drastically. And these ups and downs are not inconsequential—they interact with every area of our lives and sometimes in quite detrimental ways. This combination of unpredictability and the potential severity of consequences lays a ripe breeding ground for worries to grow.

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To Keto or Not to Keto...What you need to know

Posted by Jane Stevenson,BSc, PDt, Type 1 '05, Pumper '06, CGM '16 on Jun 21, 2018 1:32:31 PM

It’s no secret that the keto craze has become popular in the dieting world as of late. A quick Google search reveals nearly 76 million results with many websites peddling cookbooks, supplements, and meal plans, and touting their advice as the “ultimate guide to keto.” But let’s back up for a second, what does keto even mean? And what does it have to do with diabetes?

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Tags: diabetes and food, diabetes, keto diet, diabetes diet, losing weight with diabetes, managing diabetes, diabetes control, type 1 diabetes


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