Mental health


There is more than just the physical aspects of diabetes management. It can be emotionally and mentally exhausting. Whether you have diabetes or are a caregiver for someone who has it, you should know first that you are not alone. Remember, too, that a big and important part of taking care of yourself, is nurturing the mind and spirit. We are just beginning to explore what that means through our own extensive research as well as by consulting experts from a wide range of disciplines. We’re on the search to discover what contributes to a healthy mental state and how one can achieve a balanced life.

If you have diabetes or are caring for someone who does, it is likely that you or your loved one will experience any of the following: stress, diabetes distress, burnout, diabulimia and/or depression.


How Diabetes Impacts Your Mental Health

Diabetes can affect various parts of your life that impact your mental health. Our article goes into the aspects of living with diabetes does that.MORE

Are depression and diabetes related?

Research shows that if you have diabetes, your risk of developing depression more than doubles. In fact, some studies show, that it could be as high as four times more likely.MORE

Diabetes Distress

  According to Dr. Lawrence Fisher, Research Director at the Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI), Diabetes Distress or “DD” refers to all the fears and worries that people with diabetes exper...MORE

Diabetes Burnout

Diabetes Burnout is part of our Mental Health series. Diabetes isn’t just about counting carbs, checking BGLs and administering insulin. The disease takes an emotional and psychological toll as w...MORE

Finding a Diabetes Mental Health Provider

Type 2 isn’t just about  checking BGLs and taking your medication or insulin. The disease takes an emotional and psychological toll as wellMORE

Stigmas in the Type 2 Population

Diabetes comes with an array of stigmas attached to it. Accepting the condition and using it as a springboard for personal, positive change is key to combatting these stigmas.MORE

How to Remove Shame from Type 2 Diabetes

There's no reason to be ashamed to have Type 2 diabetes. Read our article on how to resolve and remove shame from Type 2 diabetes in your life.MORE

Body Image: You Don’t Need to be Skinny to be Fit

Plenty of extremely active, fit people look decidedly “average” by the insane standards of our current society and they are kicking butt every day. You don’t have to be stick thin to be thriving...MORE

Stages of Grief: Accepting Your Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis

Adjusting to your new life with diabetes can be while mourning your life prior to it is normal. Learn how to use accept your Type 2 diagnosis using the stages of grief.MORE

Reducing Diabetes Distress Tips: Everyday Self-Care Acts 

When people have better blood glucose control, they feel better physically because they are experiencing fewer highs and lows or actually able to get it into target range. Read some fantastic tips in...MORE

Connecting Mental Health and Physical Health to Diabetes

Mental health as a big part of Type 2 diabetes management. Is it an under-discussed topic? Read Alexis Elliot's thought about this important topic in Diabetes Education. MORE

People With Diabetes Forgoing Basic Needs in Order to Survive According to New Studies

According to two studies presented at the American Association of Diabetes Educators 2019 Annual Conference, people with diabetes are forgoing basic needs in the face of rising healthcare costs and ta...MORE

Coping with Diabetes Complications

You're not alone! Work on feeling better physically and emotionally. Here's some advice and strategies for your encounter with complications. MORE

How to Feel Empowered with Type 2 Diabetes

Feeling down about diabetes? We have three ways to help you boost empowerment while living with Type 2 diabetes. MORE

Taking the Blame and Shame Out of Complications

Noted T1D blogger Renza Scibilia and Twitter's Chris Aldred ("The Grumpy Pumper") talk about blaming and shaming when it comes to complications.MORE

4 Ways to Overcome Blood Sugar Testing Anxiety

Testing your blood sugar sucks sometimes. It can be painful and cause anxiety if we fear our numbers. If you feel this way, we have 4 ways to help you overcome blood sugar testing anxiety.MORE

Relationships and Type 2 Diabetes

When you live as a couple and either of your lives with diabetes, things can be a bit different. Here's some advice to manage diabetes in your relationship.MORE

Mental Health and Coping with Coronavirus

Dr. Mark Heyman, PhD, CDE shares some insight into good practices in the midst of concerns about coronavirus and its impact on mental health.MORE

Mental Health Check-In

Members of the Beyond Type 1 and 2 teams took the chance to ask questions during a roundtable to get some clarity on mental health struggles pertaining to COVID-19.MORE

What To Expect in a Telehealth Appointment for Mental Health

Dr. Mark Heyman answers questions about the impact of telehealth on mental health and why it's an important option to consider.MORE

The Impact of Insulin Rationing on Mental Health

Insulin rationing is an unfortunate reality for people with diabetes and the burden on mental health is something people with diabetes shouldn't have to bear. MORE

Mental Health Check In: Identifying + Processing Trauma

Members of the Beyond Type 2 team speak with diabetes psychologist Dr. Mark Heyman about how to identify and get help processing trauma.MORE
how diabetes impacts your mood

How Diabetes Impacts Your Mood

Blood sugar fluctuations and constant stress means diabetes can easily impact your mood...MORE

Just Diagnosed with Diabetes? Why and How to Find Mental Health Support

Just diagnosed with diabetes? No matter how you're feeling right now, you deserve help; here's how to find it.MORE

The Danger of Perfectionism in Diabetes Management

Trying to aim for perfect glucose numbers may be doing you more harm than good. Read about the danger of perfectionism in diabetes. MORE

Using Facebook to Improve Diabetes Management

Experts discuss using Facebook to connect with others, share resources, and your experiences can be a helpful tool in managing diabetes. MORE

How a Mindset Shift Can Improve Diabetes Self-Care

Your relationship with diabetes self-care will change over time. Dr. Mark Heyman discusses how a mindset shift can improve your self-care.MORE

Emotional Health and Diabetes – A Necessary Conversation

When we sat down with Dr. Cynthia Muñoz, she shared essential tips and insights into improving your emotional health with diabetes.MORE

Stress — Why and How You Should Reduce It

When it comes to having diabetes, keeping stress in check is paramount for preventing long-term complications. Here are 7 easy tips on how to reduce stress if you have diabetes.MORE

Personal Stories

Do you have a personal story you’d like to share? Follow this link to submit your story on how Type 2 diabetes has impacted your life. Your story contributes to our growing community of people living with Type 2 diabetes and brings a new perspective to our fight in redefining what it means to live with it.