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Over half of diabetics have been treated for mental health problems, says new study

Diabetes week runs from 11th – 17th June. It aims to encourage people to come together to share stories about, and raise awareness of, diabetes.

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An independent study of people living with type 1 and 2 diabetes, by Censuswide, commissioned by Ieso Digital Health, the UK’s leading provider of online therapy highlights the scale of mental health problems affecting those living with this chronic condition.

This study, compiled by Ieso Digital Health, the UK’s largest provider of online CBT, shows that people living with diabetes are more likely to experience mental health problems compared with the general population.

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About one in four adults in the UK will suffer from a mental health condition each year ii; however, the Ieso study found that over half of patients with diabetes (51%) have sought treatment for stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health problems. Three quarters (75%) of young adults (16-34) believe their mental health has been negatively affected by their diabetes.

According to Sarah Bateup, Chief Clinical Officer, Ieso Digital Health:

“Mental health should be considered an integral part of on-going diabetes care. We need to ensure a multifaceted approach including comprehensive assessment for mental health problems, educating patients to recognise stress and mental health problems and encouraging self‐care.

Providing effective mental health interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help patients to address the emotional and behavioural aspects of living with a life-long condition such as diabetes.”

Mental health issues can make it more difficult for diabetes sufferers to alter their diet and lifestyle to comply with medical treatment programmes.

Mental health issues linked to diabetes include feelings of loss, stress, anger, panic attacks, mood disorders, depression, anxiety and eating disorders. A depressed person is less likely to adhere to their diabetes medication or monitoring regimens which are necessary for effective management of diabetes, resulting in poor glycaemic control. Phobic symptoms or anxieties related to self-injection of insulin and self-monitoring of blood glucose are common, resulting in further emotional distress. Stress and depression are known to elevate blood glucose levels, even if medication is taken regularly iv.

Around 700 people get diagnosed with diabetes every day in the UK. That’s the equivalent of one person every two minutes.

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Almost half (46%) of people believe that better awareness would help detect stress and mental health issues, while 43% think discussions of mental health within diabetes-specific appointments would help and that clearer advice from medical bodies would help.

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Crawley health clinic offers free classes for National Fitness Day

The Crawley based clinic will give locals the chance to try one of their new ‘Bridgefit’ classes.

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A local movement rehabilitation and wellbeing clinic is getting involved in an event which thousands across the country will be participating in – National Fitness Day.

Taking place on 26 September, National Fitness Day is a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping raise awareness of its importance in helping to lead healthier and active lifestyles.

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National Fitness Day sees a huge range of activity options enjoyed by participants of all ages, such as ‘plank offs’, yoga and Pilates classes, treadmill challenges, high-street HIIT classes, dance-offs, mass walks and many more.

Bridgeham Clinic is challenging Crawley residents to improve their fitness with a new style of class.

“We are holding FREE 15-minute ‘taster’ Bridgefit classes on the 26th of September from 11.00am to 12.45pm. Come and see what it is all about and whether you are brave enough to sign up!”

What is Bridgefit?

Bridgefit is a fast-paced workout with a cardio element combined with the techniques of Pilates, but with a Bootcamp edge.

Regular classes will usually last 40 minutes to make it possible for those who work to fit a class in to their lunch break.

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For those who want even more of a challenge, they can try a free taster Bridgefit ‘Circuit class’ between 1.00pm and 2.30pm on the 26th September. Bridgefit circuits provide a great workout using the Pilates machines to hone and tone your body.

Call Bridgeham on 01293 542245 to book your place on either or both classes.

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