February 12, 2014

Diabetes, Depression, and the Impulse Control Triangle

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triangleA new study has linked a stronger correlation of diabetes with impulse disorders more than depression. The ah-ha research was published in the journal Diabetoologica.  

Researchers have reevaluated  impulse control disorders, such as eating disorders, and found that they are independently associated with diabetes diagnosis. Is this cause for celebration or rethinking the cause and effect?

The automatic assumption that diabetes and depression are like peas in a pod seems a bit flawed in countries other than the U.S. Taking it one step further, and analyzing data worldwide, researchers found that impulse control is more closely associated with diabetes than depression.

Worldwide, depression often coexists with other mental health disorders — not only with anxiety disorders but also with many of the disorders such as eating disorders and alcohol abuse.

Among the surveyed participants, binge eating disorders,  bulimia, intermittent explosive disorder, and depression were observed. The association between impulse control disorders and diabetes has not been reported before now.

It wouldn’t be difficult to find a person who would validate that diabetes is a daily exercise in impulse control.  The initial onset of diabetes would obviously exercise that challenge to the hilt. Every day of life with diabetes is a process of perfecting impulse control.

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