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How can depression affect medication adherence for someone with diabetes?

Dr. Allen talks about how depression can affect medication adherence for people with diabetes. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

   

Diabetes can sometimes feel overwhelming because a person with diabetes has a lot of lifestyle changes to focus on at once, which include eating the right diet, getting enough exercise, controlling blood sugar and managing medications. All these changes at once can become stressful, especially for a person newly diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

If everything becomes overwhelming, a person with diabetes and depression can end up taking a “what’s the difference” approach to taking their diabetes medication, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Choosing to ignore medication rather than adhere to taking it how the doctor prescribed can cause the person’s diabetes to become out of control, which can be very dangerous to their short term and long term health, according to the NIH.

For more information about how depression can affect how someone with diabetes takes their medication, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Isaac Corney, MD, Trotwood Physician Center; Ann DeClue, MD, Saadeddine Dughman, MD, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute; Gary Fishbein, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Roger Goodenough, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; J. Wes Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Timothy O Donnell, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; Miguel Parilo, MD, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Srikanth Sadhu, MD, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute; Trisha Zeidan, MD, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Miguel Parilo, MD, FACP, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Kristine Sun, MD; Premier Family Care of Mason;

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