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Diabetes impacts on mental health and wellbeing

28 July 2011 - 6:57pm

A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has found a link between diabetes and poor mental health.

The research shows that people living with diabetes are more likely to suffer from high levels of psychological distress compared those without.

AIHW spokesperson Anne Broadbent says: "In 2007-08, almost 42 per cent of adults with diabetes also reported having medium, high or very high levels of psychological distress, compared with 32% of people without diabetes."

The report also shows increased comparative levels of diabetics with anxiety disorders and substance use patterns.

Australians need to be vigilant about being checked for diabetes, as many are unaware that they are living with the disease.

Currently, one million Australians are diagnosed with diabetes and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the country.

The research highlights the importance of managing diabetes by putting the right measures in place, such as maintaining a healthy weight and seeing relevant medical practitioners.

Depending on your type of private hospital cover, your extras cover or health fund, you may be eligible to access health and wellbeing programs specifically designed to address the needs of people with chronic health conditions.

Those who are unsure if they are receiving adequate coverage from their health insurance policy should consult an insurance broker.