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Question: What should I do to deal with my depression about having diabetes?
|Dr. Louis Christiansen|
Dr. Louis Christiansen, with the Sharp Rees-Stealy Downtown Endocrinology Department, responds:
Many patients feel frustrated because they are unable to control their diabetes. The best approach is to be proactive — learn as much as possible about diabetes from your doctor and diabetes educator. Check your blood sugar levels often and try to learn which eating and exercise habits are helpful in lowering your blood sugars.
If your blood sugars are still high despite proper nutrition and exercise habits, ask your doctor if there are any adjustments in your medications that should be made. If you are suffering from more than frustration and actually feel depressed most of the time, you should discuss these feelings with your doctor. You may have clinical depression and may benefit from antidepressant medication and/or counseling.
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To learn more about Sharp's diabetes services or to find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego endocrinologist or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. To find general information about diabetes, visit Diabetes Care in Adult Health or read the Diabetes News archive.