Understanding Diabetes Test


A short review of the signs, symptoms, types of diabetes plus how certain antipsychotic medications may lead to development of diabetes.

Diabetes Basics: True or False!

  1. Those with diabetes have 2x more depression than in the general population.
  2. Metabolic syndrome involves high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.
  3. The diabetes concern in mental health is primarily type 2 diabetes.
  4. People with a good diet and no use of antipsychotics have a much lower risk of diabetes.
  5. Type 1 diabetes is an inability to create insulin.
  6. Type 2 diabetes is often an inability for the body to utilize insulin.
  7. Insulin is a hormone that breaks down glucose so that it can be used as fuel by the body.
  8. Metabolic syndrome is a very real and immediate concern for those diagnosed with a mental illness.
  9. Excess belly fat is risk factor for diabetes.
  10. Type 1 diabetes is irreversible but can be managed.
  11. Type 2 diabetes is growing at an alarming rate in the United States, especially in the psychiatric community.

As you probably guessed, all of the above are true. You now have enough diabetes knowledge to move into the next section on diabetes and mental health. The connection between the two is fascinating and may not be the connection you think.


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Last Updated: 23 May 2016

Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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