Diabetes Burnout is a term coined by Joan Williams Hoover, a Diabetes Educator in the USA, and is also the title of an excellent book written by Dr. Richard Polonsky, PhD, CDE. Burnout can result from always having to think about diabetes. Always thinking about what, when, and how much you are eating never stops. Add to that regularly testing your blood sugar, exercising as often as you should and never forgetting your medications – this can wear you down. How about your annoying cousin who always points out food you shouldn’t eat, or your mother constantly reminding you to check your blood sugar, or friends asking if your sugar is low every time you seem slightly irritated or tired? It’s no wonder some people feel burned out.
- My goal is for clients to become good self-managers by mastering all the information they need to know and developing the skills they require to successfully integrate diabetes into everyday life.