Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder. People diagnosed with this disorder typically do not exhibit normal social behavior and are out of touch with reality. Some of the common symptoms exhibited are weird beliefs, confused thinking and language. They sometimes hear voices, are socially withdrawn, do not express their feelings freely and are largely inactive.
The association between schizophrenia and diabetes has been recognized for more than a century. It has been found that the predisposition to develop diabetes is higher in people suffering from schizophrenia. This is largely in relation to type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Type 1 diabetes mellitus is found to be less common in patients with schizophrenia.
Diabetes as a condition requires effective self-care management. A schizophrenic can find this self-care regime very challenging, because they themselves are battling with cognitive shortfalls- like memory lapses, problems in executive functioning.
In addition to these handicaps, delusions, hallucinations and negative symptoms are also debilitating. So, all in all, it is very difficult and almost impossible for a schizophrenic to effectively manage diabetes.
Moreover, being schizophrenic has a social stigma attached to it and being diagnosed with diabetes is like the final straw that broke the camel’s back. It is a double edged sword, economically as well as socially. The costs that one incurs in treating schizophrenia are quite high and add diabetes treatment to the mix, the costs sky rocket.
Managing diabetes is complicated and typically involves a host of health workers who work in tandem with patients to educate them and encourage self-care behaviors. Treating schizophrenics is also very exhausting. Treating schizophrenia and diabetes mellitus together in a patient involves gaining more knowledge about both conditions, implementing lifestyle changes and being regular with medicines.
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