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Mosaic Mental Health and Wellness: Anthony Arthur on Mental Health and Diabetes

According to CDC people with diabetes are two to three times more likely to suffer from depression and only 25 to 50% of them get treatment. People with diabetes are 20% more likely to have anxiety at some point in their lives and can complicate lifestyle as it can feel like low blood sugar levels.

Stress hormones associated with experiencing anxiety and depression have an unpredictable impact on blood sugar levels but often do result in both high and low blood sugar levels. Discouragement frustration and worry stemming from dealing with the daily responsibilities of diabetes care may lead to diabetes distress, an unhealthy pattern of living which results in the neglect of essential daily routines for a diabetic to live a healthy lifestyle.

Anthony Arthur is a licensed professional counselor in the state of West Virginia. As a diabetic himself and a mental health professional, Anthony is combining both these personal aspect into his professional aspirations. He is now a member of the American Diabetes Association and has been specially certified in the Mental Health Provider Diabetes Education Program. He is also a member of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science and practices acceptance and commitment therapy.

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