How Does Diabetes Affect a Person's Quality of Life?

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Life with diabetes involves constantly monitoring blood sugar, eating carefully and exercising; daily events must be planned around these things and, as a result, a diabetic's quality of life changes drastically. Many diabetics also have to deal with the fear of complications and the stress those fears add to everyday life.

When a person receives a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, lifestyle changes must be implemented immediately. Patients must work closely with their healthcare professionals to find the treatment plan that is right for them.

Diabetics often feel a host of physical changes before and after the diagnosis has been made. Thirst, fatigue and insomnia are just some of the symptoms that go along with diabetes. Ongoing symptoms coupled with a life-changing diagnosis also increase a diabetic's risk of developing depression, suggests HeathLine.

To maintain the quality of life a patient is used to, it is important to form a good relationship with a qualified health professional. Many are trained not only to assist a patient in dealing with the physical manifestations of the disease, but with the depression as well.

Besides managing diabetes symptoms and depression, a person's financial lifestyle may have to change. Glucose meters, test strips, insulin and other medications can all quickly drain a bank account if insurance won't cover the costs.