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Remembering the Mind-Body Connection for American Diabetes Month

 

November 12, 2018


Recent findings from the National Institute of Health indicate that diagnoses of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes among youth are on the rise. A debilitating illness, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, and last year cost the nation about $327 billion in treatments and lost productivity, according to the American Diabetes Association. Much like with mental illness, the prevalence of diabetes is increasing, and scientists are paying greater attention to the links between physical and mental health.

November marks the annual American Diabetes Month, and World Diabetes Day is the international observance taking place on November 14th. Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., President and CEO of NJAMHAA, is taking the opportunity to remind all healthcare providers to consider the link between physical and mental health: “Diabetes often co-occurs with mental illness. It is clear that we can no longer separate physical and behavioral health treatment. With both mental health challenges and diabetes on the rise in the United States, the need to expand integrated care options is ever more pressing, and vulnerable individuals need comprehensive services to take care of both physical and mental health needs.”

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