Lifestyle and Mental Health among Persons with Diabetes in Mizoram

Lifestyle and Mental Health among Persons with Diabetes in Mizoram

ABSTRACT The study attempts to understand the lifestyle and mental health of Persons with Diabetes. In this study, a ‘Person with Diabetes’ is a person who has been diagnosed with diabetes and is undertaking treatment for a minimum period of three years. Diabetes is a fast emerging health problem in Mizoram. Diabetes has become a major public health problem and is closely associated with psychological health. The study presents the lifestyle, mental health and challenges of ‘Persons with Diabetes’. The findings highlight the need for lifestyle change as a sedentary lifestyle contributes to the illness. Our lifestyle and diet play a vital role in the prevention of developing this condition. There are many challenges due to the illness which may include health complications and economic and psychosocial challenges. Worries about diabetes include physical and financial burdens as well as poor medical services. Some are worried about becoming a financial burden to their family. Diabetes contributes to several health complications and therefore affects the mental health of a person. There could be initial reactions that range from shock, sadness, and denial to mild discomfort. Psychological assistance of a patient is crucial besides medical support. The support of family members is crucial.

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