Recent research suggests that at least one-third of diabetics suffer from clinically relevant emotional disturbances (depressive disorders or anxiety disorders), says Dr Mohammad Wafeek Eid, consultant psychiatrist at Medcare hospital and Omincare medical centre. ‘These disorders adversely affect diabetes self-care, disease control and clinical outcomes.’ Early detection of emotional symptoms in such patients can result in better management of the condition and its complications, and can deliver a marked improvement in patients’ lifestyle, he says.