What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic illness that affects roughly 25 million people in the United States alone. Diabetes mellitus, also known as sugar diabetes, is a metabolic disease indicating high blood glucose levels produced by the pancreas. There are three types of diabetes: Type 1 Diabetes or early-onset Diabetes; Type 2 Diabetes, the most common type of Diabetes; and Gestational Diabetes, which affects pregnant women.
After being diagnosed with Diabetes, patients must closely monitor glucose levels, distribute insulin if his or her body fails to produce glucose, and focus on nutrition/exercise to improve overall health and wellness.
What is Diabetes Counseling?
Often times, patients experience mental and emotional distress after being diagnosed with chronic illnesses. Making better nutrition choices and taking insulin when required helps with the medical aspect of Diabetes. Diabetes counseling and therapy helps individuals manage the emotional aspects and distress of diseases.
Emotional Issues may include, but are not limited to:
- Adjusting Lifestyle Choices
- Communication with Family/Friends
- Problems within Relationships
- Issues in the Workplace
- Overwhelming Feelings
- Feelings of Helplessness
- Parenting Issues
Counseling may include individual sessions and/or group or family sessions. Therapists work to alleviate emotional distress caused by drastic lifestyle changes while actively creating a better and healthier way of life.
Is Diabetes Counseling Covered by Insurance?
Diabetes counseling, care, and management may be covered by some insurance providers. After a physician’s referral and concerning certain diabetes diagnoses, insurance companies cover outpatient services.