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Diabetes Delusional Behaviour

Delusions are beliefs that are untrue, unreasonable and sometimes bizarre. However, a deluded person is very convinced that his delusions are as real as what he actually perceives. Delusions in the medical sense refer to imagined or created visions or fantasy held by a person that suffers some sort of mental impairment.

The occurrence of delusions however is not limited to people with mental disorders as well as people under the influence of drugs. Delusions also occur to some people suffering from diabetes because psychiatric can be a complication of diabetes. While no direct medical explanation is still available, research studies have shown that delusions can be related to diabetes or a family history of diabetes. Different studies have discovered that the risk for developing dementia is amplified for people who suffer from obesity in middle age and then diabetes the later age. While medical science has not yet established a direct and universally acceptable explanation, one theory is that the occurrence of diabetes puts a stress to people and the psychological demands of having such disease tend to increase the chances of people to develop psychiatric disorders such as suffering delusions.

At the moment, antipsychotic medications for diabetics suffering delusions are ill advised because antipsychotics medications have been associated with an augmented risk of weight gain, and hyper-triglyceridemia. Thus, while they may temporarily control delusional behaviour, the medicine tends to complicate and worsen the diabetic condition of the patient. In lieu of this, antipsychotics medication is not given to diabetics suffering delusional behaviour. Instead, psycho analytic treatment and counselling is recommended in order for the patient to control and manage delusional behaviour. A caring and supportive social network of the patient is also critical for the treatment of the patient as well as for one to come to terms in accepting one’s illness and learning how to adapt or adjust to the lifestyle of a diabetic life.

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