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Psychologist - Hinengaro

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour, and for that reason has a role to play in diabetes care. Many people with diabetes can find it difficult to incorporate diabetes management recommendations into their lifestyle, including taking medications, monitoring glucose levels, adapting their diet, and increasing exercise. Alongside this people with diabetes can also experience significant emotional responses including grief, guilt, anxiety, anger, and low mood or depression. Psychologists can assist people with diabetes to learn effective strategies to change their health-related behaviours and improve emotional wellbeing. Psychologists work alongside the person with diabetes as well as the rest of the healthcare team.