Type 2 Diabetes Patients Are More Prone to Getting Depressed

Recent study says that about one in every 5 or 6 patients with type 2 diabetes - also known as adult-onset diabetes - reported symptoms of depression.

In a study of about 500 people with both diabetes and depression, Dr. Lawrence Fisher from the University of California in San Francisco found they had trouble keeping their diabetes symptoms under control. “When you’re feeling grumpy and gloomy and kind of down, your energy level is low you’re less willing to be creative and you’re more restrictive, and that affects self-care behavior. You may not as motivated to manage your diet, or to go for that extra 10-minute walk this week or today.”

Another recent, related study suggests people at risk for diabetes might not want to take an antidepressant if they’re feeling blue. Dr. Richard Rubin, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, found overweight patients who were at high risk for diabetes were more likely to develop the disease if they took antidepressant medications.

He calls it a striking finding. “It does have some substantial public health implications because there are probably 40,000,000 people who have what we call pre-diabetes, and there are probably 15% of the population and increasing all the time who are taking anti-depressant medication.”

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