Diabetes Causes Depression and Vice-Versa

Diabetes and Depression


Do you know that people with diabetes have a significantly greater risk for depression?

Anyone can be stricken by a psychological disorder known as depression but there are several studies that suggest that diabetics have twice the risk for depression than people who do not have diabetes. Poor management of the condition also dramatically increase the risks and more often than not, mismanaged diabetes symptoms can be very similar to that of depression.

Turning the tables, chronic depression can lead to diabetes. Food can be a source of temporary relief from the feelings of sadness caused by the psychological disorder. Depress people also tend to exercise and do physical activities less. They are lethargic thus lack the opportunities of using their blood glucose.

According to Dr. Sherita Hill Golden (Journal of the American Medical Association):

“The psychological stress associated with diabetes management may lead to elevated depressive symptoms and we were able to show that there’s a bidirectional association.”

Research and Studies: Depression linking to Diabetes

Kaiser Permanente Study – People with diabetes were more likely to have been treated for depression within 6 months before being diagnosed a diabetic. Moreover, 84% of individuals with diabetes have an increased rate of earlier episodes of depression.

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – Analysis of the data of about 7,000 patients shows that those undergoing treatment for diabetes (Type 2) were twice as likely to experience depression. In turn, patients experiencing symptoms of depression were also found to be 30 percent more likely to develop diabetes compared to people showing no signs of depression.

American Diabetic Association – Based on an evaluation of studies over the past decade, the prevalence rate of diabetics with major depression is three to four times greater than in the general population. 3 to 5 percent of the general population is affected with depression at any given time while 15 to 20 percent of diabetics are clinically depressed.

Other studies also suggest that women are more likely to experience this. However, this phenomenon varies based on different factors. Apart from diabetes types, the class and financial status of subjects are also significant contributing factors.

Either way, whether depression is the cause or effect, the combination of these two disorders is serious and often deadly. In analogy, this is a chicken-and-egg situation but most believe that both circumstances are true. Although more studies are needed to further clarify the diabetes-depression connection, it is definitely an establish link that anyone with diabetes or depression should consider seriously.

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