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Re: [IP] Study Shows Diabetes Doubles Risk for Depression



I think I have the this.  I have constant anxiety and signs of depression
but am to scared to say anything to anyone espcially a doctor.  I have
always been a worrier but the last year it seems to be over whelming me.
Should I be concerned anyone else feel this way?

Sara

----- Original Message -----
From: Yerachmiel Altman <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2001 4:25 PM
Subject: [IP] Study Shows Diabetes Doubles Risk for Depression


> Item #5
> Study Shows Diabetes Doubles Risk for Depression
> www.diabetesincontrol.com/issue54/item5F.htm
>
>
> Americans with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from depression as
> those
> who do not have diabetes, according to a new study to be published in the
> June
> issue of Diabetes Care 2001.
>
> The study, conducted jointly by researchers at the Washington University
> School
> of Medicine and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St.
> Louis,
> Missouri, analyzed 25 years of data to firmly establish the prevalence of
co
> morbid depression among patients with diabetes.
>
> While previous studies have shown a link between depression and
> hyperglycemia
> and an increased risk for diabetes complications, this is the first study
to
> provide a firm estimate of how likely patients are to suffer from both
> depression and diabetes.
>
> Lead researcher Dr. Patrick Lustman and his team were the first to
document
> the
> increased rates of depression in people with diabetes. Their most recent
> study
> found that women with diabetes were even more likely than men to become
> depressed, mirroring the higher risk for depression for women in the
general
> population.
>
> The authors said it still isnt clear why depression can lead to diabetes,
> or
> vice versa. How these two diseases interact is not fully understood.
> However,
> the physical inactivity and overeating, which are often associated with
> depression, may be at least partially to blame. That would also explain
why
> previous studies have shown that treating depression  and eliminating
these
> problems  can improve glycemic control.
>
> Regardless of what causes the link between the diseases, patients would be
> well
> advised to seek treatment for both, Dr. Lustman said. "Its important for
> people
> to realize that if you have both (depression and diabetes), treat both and
> both
> will improve," he said. It is particularly important not to ignore the
> depression, as other studies have shown it can accelerate heart disease in
> women
> with diabetes, he added.  Diabetes Care, June 2001
>
>
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