Diabetes UK survey results of emotional or mental health problems in people with diabetes in the South West

Two thirds of people with diabetes in the south west experience emotional or mental health problems

  • Exeter and District group offers support to people affected by diabetes
  • Diabetes UK releases results of survey in Exeter and District

New research from Diabetes UK has found that 64 per cent of people living with diabetes in the south west experience emotional or mental health problems as a result of their condition.

In a survey carried out by Diabetes UK, 861 people of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds from across the south west shared their experiences living with diabetes today, and what their hopes and fears were for the future.

How diabetes affects emotional wellbeing stood out as a major factor for respondents, with nearly two thirds (64.4 per cent) saying that they often or sometimes feel down because of their diabetes. A third (33.1 per cent) said that diabetes got in the way of them or a family member doing things they wanted to do. And, alarmingly, only a third (32.9 per cent) said they definitely felt in control of their diabetes.

The research also found that 23 per cent of respondents said that they would like a local support group and 10 per cent were interested in getting online support through a forum or social media.

That’s why Diabetes UK has set up a local group in Exeter and the surrounding district that offers support to people living with diabetes. It’s run by volunteers and members get the chance to meet and share experiences.

Annika Palmer, Diabetes UK south west regional head, said:

“Living with diabetes can be exhausting and people tell us that they don’t want to give in to feelings of depression and anxiety. What they need instead is support to manage a serious health condition well and protect their emotional wellbeing and mental health. 

“The Exeter and District support group provides the opportunity to talk about what it’s like to live with or care for someone with diabetes, without blame or stigma. It’s a safe space where emotional needs are treated with equal importance to physical needs, and members can talk about diabetes from their own experiences.

“At Diabetes UK we are committed to helping people live well with diabetes and to make more initiatives that connect people possible. No one should feel unsupported and alone with their diabetes.”

To find out more about your local group and how you can join us the ‘contact us’ page of the website

The results of this research are included in Diabetes UK’s Future of Diabetes report, which is launching at an event in Parliament to mark World Diabetes Day (14 November).

For a copy of the report go to www.diabetes.org.uk/Future-diabetes-news