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[IP] Re: DrugDigest E-Bulletin: Depression Affects Progression and Outcome of Diabetes
I just received this in my e-mail and nodded my head in agreement. The
complications that I developed in the course of my now 47 years of diabetes
all occurred following times of deep depression, i.e . dealing with
abandonment issues, (my father's idea of dealing with my diabetes when I was
17, was to dump me on my doctor who would put me in the hospital for a
weekend till my parents got back from their country house; marital
problems, multiple pregnancies ending in stillbirth or death soon after
birth; and the ultimate depression following the eventual death of my mother
from Alzheimer's disease. I could barely eat for nearly a year and
retinopathy and neuropathy set in. The good news is that with psychiatric
help and a loving sponsor in the twelve step program I joined soon after, I
recovered. My sponsor's son was diabetic and she helped me face my own
reality by giving me the attention my parents had been unable to give me.
Facing the reality of my diabetes, getting on the pump, receiving help from
insulin Pumpers on a daily basis and realizing that only unasked questions
are wrong, I am feeling better at the age of 61 than I did in my teens.
I would like to say that genuine support truly improves the outcome of
diabetes! Thanks, gang.
Type 1 47 years
Minimed 507 4 years
----- Original Message -----
From: <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2001 5:11 PM
Subject: DrugDigest E-Bulletin: Depression Affects Progression and Outcome
> This e-bulletin has been sent at your request.
> Depression Affects Progression and Outcome of Diabetes
> An analysis of 27 previously published studies has found that depression
appears to speed up the negative outcome of diabetes. The article, published
in the journal Psychomatic Medicine, reports that the influence of
depression on the disease is remarkably consistent across a variety of
> Researchers from the departments of medicine and psychiatry at Washington
University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, looked at studies that zeroed
in on common complications of diabetes, including retinopathy (nerve damage
to the eye, which can lead to blindness) and neuropathy, which can cause a
loss of sensation in the limbs. They also assessed studies that investigated
the incidence and severity of kidney damage, sexual dysfunction, and heart
> While it has already been established that a diagnosis of diabetes can put
the patient at risk for a follow-up diagnosis of depression, the authors of
the review believe that once a patient becomes depressed, the physiological,
biological, and psychological effects of the depression somehow feed the
progression of the disease. Still, they point to a need for further studies
to tease apart the relationship between the two conditions. In the meantime,
the authors recommend that an on-going evaluation of the mental and
emotional status of a person with diabetes should be integrated into
standard treatment of the disease.
> Association of depression and diabetes complications: a meta-analysis.
Psychomatic Medicine. 2001;63:619-630.
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