Diabetes can cause a number of other medical problems.  However, few people focus on the emotional distress which can be caused by managing the disease.  In a survey of 8,918 people with diabetes, about one in five said they experienced a negative psychological impact “most or all of the time,” and that diabetes was “taking up too much of their daily life.”  The same number also said they felt they needed a referral to a psychologist but haven’t been given one.  Women were about twice as likely as men to feel the need for a psychologist.  A great resource for this in Monterey County is CHOMP, which has a great diabetes management program.


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