Risk of de­pres­sion among di­a­bet­ics

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Men­tal health is­sues as­so­ci­ated with di­a­betes are among the com­mon prob­lems seen in pa­tients in the UAE, ac­cord­ing to Dr John Manly, a Con­sul­tant Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­o­gist at the Maud­s­ley clinic. The In­ter­na­tional Di­a­betes Fed­er­a­tion said there were 803,900 di­a­bet­ics in the UAE in 2015, with an es­ti­mated one in ev­ery five res­i­dents suf­fer­ing from the disease. “Type two di­a­betes is very preva­lent in the UAE,” Manly said. “A UAE study re­cently found that 12.5 per

cent of peo­ple with di­a­betes also had men­tal health con­cerns. There is a strong cor­re­la­tion be­tween men­tal health sta­tus and di­a­betic com­pli­ca­tions. “De­pres­sion is a ma­jor con­cern among di­a­bet­ics and pa­tients who are de­pressed have poorer self-care, are more prone to se­vere phys­i­cal symp­toms and are less likely to ad­here to care reg­i­mens. “The UAE needs a com­pre­hen­sive man­age­ment plan to im­prove men­tal health among di­a­bet­ics.”

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