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Link Found Between Diabetes and Depression (Interview with Sherita Hill Golden, MD, MHS)
Link Found Between Diabetes and Depression (Interview with Sherita Hill Golden, MD, MHS)

(June 17, 2008 - Insidermedicine) Dealing with diabetes may lead to depression, while being depressed may lead to lifestyle habits that promote diabetes, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Here is some information about diabetes and depression:

•    People with diabetes are about twice as likely to be depressed as those without.

•    At least 15% of those with diabetes are also depressed.

•    Those with diabetes who are also depressed are more likely to have poor blood glucose management, health complications, and a poorer quality of life.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University analyzed 4800 patients, some of whom did and some of whom did not have type 2 diabetes. The investigators took note of who developed depression. A second group was made up of 5200 patients with and without depression. These patients were followed for the development of diabetes.

Patients with type 2 diabetes who were receiving treatment for their condition had a greater than 50% increased risk for developing depression. On the other hand, patients who were depressed were slightly more likely to develop diabetes, but this association appeared to be explained by unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as overeating and not engaging in physical activity.

We had a chance to speak with Dr. Sherita Hill Golden from Johns Hopkins who offered some further insight into this study.

Today’s research highlights the two-way relationship between diabetes and depression. While the stress of dealing with diabetes treatment may predispose some people to depression, being depressed may predispose others to lead an unhealthy lifestyle, which can lead to diabetes.

For Insidermedicine in Depth, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.