Depression, Diabetes Link
A new study ahs shown that people who have symptoms of depression seem to be more likely to develop diabetes. The study looked at 11,000 people over a period of six years. None of the participants had diabetes at the outset, but by then end of the six years, 700 had developed the condition. Participants who had the most symptoms of depression—feelings of hopelessness, fatigue, irritability, lack of sexual desire and difficulty sleeping—had the highest rate of diabetes.
People suffering from depression are often less likely to eat well and exercise regularly, which could be one reason why they’re at higher risk for diabetes. But whatever the reason for the link, it’s important to your overall health to see your doctor if you’re suffering from depression.
Diabetes Care, February 2004