Diabetes and Mental Health Conditions: New on HealthyPlace

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If you live with a mental health condition, you are at increased risk of developing diabetes. Get the facts and helpful information on HealthyPlace.

Diabetes and Mental Health Conditions: New on HealthyPlace

We’ve updated and expanded our diabetes information on HealthyPlace. Why? If you live with any mental health condition, you might be at an increased risk of developing diabetes. Likewise, if you have diabetes, you might be at an increased risk of developing a mental health condition.

Studies are showing that the link between mental health and diabetes is strong:

  • Americans, especially minorities, with a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are more than twice as likely than others to develop type 2 diabetes.
  • In another study, 28 percent of participants with severe mental illness had type 2 diabetes; in contrast, 12 percent of the general population has type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes affects a wide variety of mental health conditions, including—but not limited to—illnesses like

  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Schizophrenia

Mental health conditions and diabetes are each difficult to live with and manage. Combine them and treating them can be daunting. Mental illnesses are overwhelming, can cause exhaustion or a sense of being wired, and can zap either motivation or concentration (or both) needed to meet the demands of diabetes care. Likewise, diabetes can impact both brain chemistry and lifestyle, thus contributing to and worsening mental health conditions. (Diabetes and Mental Health: How One Affects the Other. )

Mental health conditions and diabetes have a profound impact on each other, and together they impact our total health and wellbeing. Discover comprehensive information on diabetes and the diabetes and mental health connection.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: If you live with a mental health condition and diabetes, what do you find particularly challenging? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

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From HealthyPlace YouTube Channel

I'm Hannah. I Have Bipolar 2

Bipolar and Ghosting: Why We Do It

Why would someone with bipolar disorder engage in ghosting? Why would they be ghosting someone they’ve been in a seemingly good relationship with?. (Watch Hannah and subscribe to the HealthyPlace YouTube channel for more great mental health videos.)


Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Three Common Myths About Borderline Personality Disorder
  2. Borderline and Relationships: The Fear of Abandonment
  3. ADHD and Video Games: Will Gaming Harm Your Child with ADHD?

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


Mental Health Quote

"Never go back what you already rescued yourself from."

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2019, January 21). Diabetes and Mental Health Conditions: New on HealthyPlace, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 25 from

Last Updated: January 22, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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