Link between diabetes and depression

Note: This article was originally published in the e-zine 360boom

Evidence is building that depression can trigger diabetes. Don’t get diabetes, it my lead to depression. Don’t get depressed, it may lead to diabetes. A study has demonstrated a relationship between type 2 diabetes and depression; not only can diabetes lead to depression, depression can also lead to diabetes.

Dr. Sherita Hill Golden of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore led the study which tracked an ethnically diverse group – 5,000 men and women between ages 45 to 84 for three years. The study revealed that people with depression have a higher risk of developing the most common form of diabetes than others.

Those with symptoms of depression were 42% more likely to develop diabetes by the end of the study than those without such symptoms – the more serious the symptoms, the higher the risk of diabetes.

Researchers accounted for factors including obesity, lack of physical activity and smoking. They found the risk for diabetes was still 34% higher in patients with depression.

People in our study who had elevated symptoms of depression, were more likely to eat more calories, exercise less and were more likely to be smokers. As a consequence, they were also more obese.

Dr. Golden’s study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study also measured the risk for developing depression among people who already had diabetes. To do this, the researchers excluded people who had elevated symptoms of depression at the outset of the study.

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