Why Screening for Diabetes is Important (Especially if You Take Psychiatric Medications) Mar. 25, 2014 Today is the American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day, its annual day to promote screening for diabetes. Diabetes is a serious health condition that reminds me of many psychiatric illnesses—it is serious, has substantial risks and requires attention. Diabetes is also like serious psychiatric disorders in that daily choices can make a difference to improve outcomes. For diabetes, an exercise program can improve or in some cases reverse the development of diabetes. (Exercise can also be an important part of treatment for mental health conditions). Read More.