Link Between Diabetes and Depression

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Link between diabetes and depression

Depression can strike anyone. It is becoming increasingly common in the general population. According to the World Federation for Mental Health, approximately one in four people will experience it at some time in their adult life. While it is normal to feel down from time to time, when feelings of sadness do not seem to go away or life seems hopeless, this can be a sign of depression which can be a serious problem. Though seemingly unrelated, studies have indicated that diabetes and depression may be closely linked. Research suggests that individuals who suffer from depression may be at greater risk for developing diabetes. On the other hand, it is also believed that compared to the general population, people with diabetes are more likely to have elevated depressive symptoms and higher rates of clinical depression. For people who suffer from diabetes, symptoms of depression can create additional complications. In fact, people who have both diabetes and depression have more severe symptoms of both diseases. It is estimated that one in four persons with diabetes also suffers from depressive symptoms. Although the interaction between diabetes and depression is not well understood, this combination appears to make each illness more difficult to control. Although most people with diabetes do not have depression, the World Federation for Mental Health has indicated that depression increases the risk of developing type -2-diabetes by more than twenty percent in young adults. In addition, depression often leads to poor lifestyle decisions such as unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, smoking, alcohol abuse and weight gain. These unhealthy practices are all risk factors for diabetes and make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels. Depression often creates a vicious cycle in persons diagnosed with diabetes. Because diabetes is considered a chronic condition, individuals may constantly think about their diet as well...
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