In this episode, Jack Woodfield, News Content Producer here at Diabetes UK is joined by Kayleigh Steel and Dr Amrit Sachar to discuss mental wellbeing.
Diabetes doesn’t just impact you physically. It’s something you have to think about 24/7, and people with diabetes are two to three times more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population.
Kayleigh was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes the day before her 23rd birthday. She shares how her diagnosis has impacted her mental wellbeing and why she’s found it difficult to get the right support from her healthcare team.
Dr Sachar is a liaison psychiatry consultant at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and West London NHS Trust. Her clinical work is centered around the mental health aspects of diabetes. Amrit reveals why she believes breaking news of a diabetes diagnosis should be handled differently. She also offers advice on some of the warning signs that a person may be struggling with their mental wellbeing.
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The views and opinions of the guests are their personal stories and may not reflect the views or advice of Diabetes UK. The content in the podcast is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It’s important you always speak with your healthcare team for specific medical advice.
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- Diabetes and mental wellbeing advice
- Diabetes and disordered eating
- DESMOND - a diabetes education course
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“It's the stigma of the diabetes that I struggle with and then that negatively impacts my mental health.”
Kayleigh, who features on our episode about mental wellbeing