4 common diabetes-related fears and how to overcome them

Diabetes is a metabolic disease and its prevalence has reached epidemic proportions in recent decades. It affects the physical, mental and social well-being of the person. While there are numerous guidelines available online about the medical aspect of diabetes management, there isn’t much information about addressing the psychological needs of the patient.

Research suggests that many diabetic patients develop phobic disorders, which is essentially a fear of something. Treating such patients can be challenging, requiring close attention to their medical and psychological needs. Below are some common diabetes-related fears that people with diabetes develop and tips for overcoming them.

4 Common diabetes for people with diabetes

Fear of needles

The problem

Many people fear needles, but for some diabetics, the fear can be extreme and they can’t bear the thought of an injection. Medical experts suggest that such patients take longer to recover and that it takes tremendous mental training to help them take their injections.

How to overcome

The best way to deal with the problem is to learn relaxation techniques such as taking a few deep breaths before giving the injection. In general, medical experts work closely with such patients to create a “fear hierarchy” and help them take a series of actions to gradually overcome their fear.

Fear of developing long-term complications

The problem

Many diabetic patients are at risk of developing long-term health problems, which in some cases can make the patient afraid of not being able to prevent the complications. Fortunately, advanced medical treatments make people with diabetes less likely to develop serious complications. In addition, you can control your blood sugar by eating the right things and following an exercise routine every day.

How to overcome

So if you or someone in your family has this fear, it’s important to constantly remind yourself/them that taking one simple step towards a healthy life can reduce the risk of long-term complications.

Fear of doctors

The problem

Some people are especially afraid of going to the doctor because they feel like a “bad” patient if they get a bad test result or they feel they can’t disagree with what the doctors say about their health. Often this leads to the avoidance of diabetes control, which in turn can exacerbate the condition.

How to overcome

If you resonate with this fear, you can deal with it in one of two ways. First, always go to the doctor with someone you trust and trust. The other person can speak to the doctor on your behalf and inform the doctor about your views on health issues in a better way.

Second, do your diabetes research well to ask pertinent questions about your condition and better understand the doctor’s information. Being well informed will also make you feel relaxed and confident during your next doctor appointment.

Fear of hypoglycemia

The problem

Diabetic patients tend to become anxious about hypoglycemia, a condition where blood sugar levels are lower than normal. The fear is greater when a hypo attack occurs at night. Often people who fear hypoglycemia try to keep their blood sugar levels too high to prevent hypos or to limit certain activities that increase the risk.

How to overcome

First and foremost, you need to realize that you shouldn’t be so afraid of hypos that it causes anxiety. It is advisable to talk to your doctor about how you feel when hypoglycaemia occurs. They can recommend medications to prevent such events and teach you quick techniques to control your hypoglycemia.

Conclusion

Diabetes treatment requires as much attention to the psychological aspect as it does to the medical aspect. You can easily manage your fears by making healthy lifestyle choices such as regular exercise, diet control, and stress-relieving activities. But don’t hesitate to seek help when you need it.

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