December 12, 2013

Depression Linked to Diabetes Complications


depressionsA study has found that depression can lead to diabetes complications. The evidence concluding the  melancholy details of this study was published in Diabetes Care.

In 5 years, researchers observed  that even mild depression in people with T2D exacerbated complications. People with low level depression  were 3x more likely to experience poor self care and worse quality of life.

These findings were evident because of the chronic stress imposed by minor depression. “Patients may not be able to follow treatment guidelines or they may have problems with diet, which in turn results in an increased risk of poor functioning,” said a leading researcher in the study.

A startling fact on T2D depression is that 20% of people experience some form of it. The general population is half as likely to experience depression as people with diabetes. Many studies have liked diabetes with depression. Diabetes is a relentless battle with balancing blood glucose in an environment that does not permit such harmony. Wouldn’t that make you a little sad, too?

In the study, researchers found that as the number of episodes of mild depression increased, the risk of impaired health and quality of life grew as well. By default, depression is a breeding ground for a negative outlook. Diabetes complications thrive in negative outlooks.

For what it’s worth, even though the Joslin 50-Year Medalist Study evaluated people with T1D, the trademark of positivity was unprecedented. Dr. King said that most of the Medalists were people with a positive attitude.

Life with diabetes isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. But if you keep looking up, the sky is your limit. But if all else fails, ask your doctor if an anti-depressant can help shine a little light on the shadows diabetes can cast.

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