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The relationship between chronic illness and mental health



There’s more and more evidence that your general health and mental well-being are strongly correlated.

On the other hand, your physical and mental well-being are strongly correlated. Your physical health can also influence your psychological well-being. Receiving the appropriate care for both conditions is essential to a person’s quality of life because they are so closely related.

Untreated mental health conditions can raise your risk for a variety of physical illnesses, according to research. In a similar vein, having a chronic illness like diabetes, heart disease, or cancer may increase your risk of mental illness.

For example, a study reveals that the risk of depression is two to three times higher in people with diabetes. Furthermore, there is a strong correlation between mental health and blood sugar regulation because stress can elevate blood sugar levels. Additionally, anxiety is 20% more common in those with diabetes.

Last but not least, persistent stress can also result in other medical disorders.

According to a related study on cardiac problems, stress can raise cortisol levels, which can cause metabolic and cardiac diseases, as well as raise blood pressure, heart rate, and heart rate and blood flow.

The cycle is particularly challenging because people who have had a cardiac event may go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and stress in the aftermath.

Addiction to substances or smoking can also be exacerbated by mental health disorders, particularly in those with fewer effective coping mechanisms. Needless to say, these things can have a detrimental effect on one’s general health.

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