Depression Linked to Diabetes in New Study

June 19, 2008 08:04 AM
by Sarah Amandolare
A new study indicates people with depression have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and suggests diabetics also are more likely to suffer from depression.

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According to Reuters, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates a higher risk of depression among people being treated for type 2 diabetes, as well as an increased risk for type 2 diabetes among people with depression.

Depressed people typically have increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and other inflammatory molecules that can lead to diabetes; while diabetics must be constantly aware of what they eat, which can cause anxiety and worry, symptoms of depression.

Researchers “had assumed that diabetes led to depression” for years, according to the Baltimore Sun. However, the new research, led by Dr. Sherita Hill Golden of Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, shows evidence of the link.

Hill Golden said, “We were able to show that there’s a bidirectional association.” The research also showed a relationship between socioeconomic status and the linkage between the two conditions.

Depression has also been linked to heart disease, osteoporosis and stroke.

However, research has shown that the disease could be prevented by the Mediterranean diet. Additionally, children who consume vitamin D, either in supplements or through natural sunlight, could decrease their risk of getting type 1 diabetes.

Headline Links: The diabetes-depression connection

Background: Depression linked to other physical problems

Related Topics: Preventing diabetes

Reference: Diabetes Guide


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