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Diabetic Psychosis

Posted on March 10, 2020 | 1 Comment on Diabetic Psychosis

Many studies have demonstrated the correlation between mood and psychotic disorders with diabetes, which is generally termed as Diabetic psychosis. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the body is unable to absorb and use glucose, which is our main source of fuel or energy. The food we eat is broken down to glucose after digestion so that it can be absorbed by our bodies.

The inability of the body to absorb glucose into the cells is caused by the lack of insulin, a hormone produced from the pancreas which facilitates the absorption of glucose in the body cells. Psychosis on the other hand is described as a psychological state in which a person is feel depressed, lonely and tormented, which negatively impacts a person’s way of thinking, behavior and perception as manifested in the disruption of relationships, alienation, work productivity and the day to day functions of people.

The occurrence of diabetes in people essentially causes a very stressful event in the life of a person which in turn can potentially result to psychosis, if not addressed. The stress can be triggered by Diabetes in different ways. For instance, this stress can be attributed to the drastic change in the dietary lifestyle of a person.

People suffering diabetes need to strictly regulate their food intake because of the possibility of producing too much sugar/ glucose in the blood, which their bodies cannot absorb. This creates a sense of deprivation on the part of the diabetic patient in one’s ability to enjoy the fundamental things in life such as eating what you want. Some diabetic patients also suffer from a sudden weight loss as well as fatigue.

The weight loss can have a drastic effect on the physical appearance of a person, which looks sickly, pale and unhealthy. This too can trigger a sense of stress or depression on the part of the diabetic person in creating a negative outlook in life. This is aggravated by the feeling of fatigue and restlessness on the diabetic person, which worsens one’s self impression. In another instance, weight gain or obesity caused by diabetes can also result to depression, which in turn gradually leads to psychosis if remained unchecked.

Aside from depression, both psychotic behavior and diabetes can be genetic in nature. People with a family history of type 2 diabetes as well as psychosis or depression are at greater risk of diabetic psychosis. Thus, when diabetes occurs, the occurrence of psychosis is much more probable. In the same token, when psychosis occurs, the risk of getting diabetes is also most likely because of the inclination of the psychotic person to engage in unhealthful habits such as smoking, drinking and the use of drugs, which in turn can trigger diabetes or renal failure.

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  1. 12/08/16

    Hi. Im currently taking up my feasibility studies as my major requirement in passing my marketing management course in PUP. In line with this, I would like to request for the latest statistic rate of diabetic people in the Philippines particularly in NCR. Thanks and God bless.

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