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December 2014

The Fear of Knowing

I picked up a pamphlet at my Endocrinologist’s office today that discusses the process of getting children screened for autoantibodies. These markers can signify the development of Type 1 diabetes up to ten years before it  takes hold. This fascinates and terrifies me in the same breath. I can find out if my children are prone to developing the disease I’ve survived for 16 years, but how will I handle the news if one of my children returns a positive result for having the markers of Type 1 diabetes?

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 9, 2014

Diabetes Health: Depression Crossword Puzzle #32

Test your knowledge to see how well you know diabetes and depression.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 7, 2014

November 2014

May 2014

Suicide Rate in Men with Type 1

The National Institute for Health (NIH) reports that people with diabetes who suffer from depression, are at a higher risk, in experiencing extreme symptoms from their diabetes.

comments 29 comments - Posted May 30, 2014

November 2013

Vigorous Activity May Be Better for Women Than Moderate Workouts

While any exercise at all is certainly better than living a couch-potato lifestyle, women might see lower blood pressure and less depression with hard-core exercise compared to moderate physical activity, according to the results of a new study.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 23, 2013

October 2013

Study Advises Screening Type 1 Teens for Depression

A study of teens who have type 1 diabetes concludes that their rate of depression is linked to poor blood glucose control and that doctors should screen young type 1s to detect the condition.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 21, 2013

August 2013

Type A Type 1s May Run Lower Mortality Risk

New research suggests that type 1s' personality types could affect their mortality risk. While that might sound peculiar at first, the research results-culled from 22 years of study-make some important connections.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 5, 2013

February 2013

Mike Fisher, Competitive Snowboarder

Mike Fisher is a 23-year-old from Ontario, Canada, who's been snowboarding since he was 13 years old. At the age of 18, he was involved in a motorcycle crash that necessitated the amputation of one leg below the knee. He says, "At first, I felt that my life was coming to a crashing halt. But I just pushed myself to recover as fast as possible and get my life back on track, go to school, get back into snowboarding and motorcycles-just anything so that my life wasn't affected at all. I had a lot of support, and I would say that I was pretty optimistic about it and took it almost as a challenge. By the time that I was 19, I was happy. I was walking again, I was back in college in London, Ontario, and everything was good. The accident was a minor setback to me, and I rose above it. I was just continuing with my life."

comments 12 comments - Posted Feb 2, 2013

January 2013

Each One of Us Inspires the Other

Every spring since 1999, the Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA) has distributed our publication to their young campers. In honor of their youthful enthusiasm, our springtime issue always focuses on people who inspire us, from the young to the old. In this issue, we bring you the stories of people who refuse to let their diabetes limit them, people whose example re-ignites our determination to live our very best and healthiest lives. As a publisher, I am always seeking inspiration, and each of these individuals is a fresh reminder of what we can do if we put our minds to it.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 19, 2013

December 2012

Depression and Diabetes

New research reveals that those suffering from depression might be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 3, 2012

August 2012

Social Media, Partnerships Are Top Topics at AADE12

As diabetes climbs to epidemic levels in the United States, and finding adequate resources to fund future U.S. healthcare remains in question, the need for an already existing "boots on the ground" group that can address the disease is greater than ever.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 15, 2012

May 2012

The State of the States: Adherence Report

Diabetes Health recently submitted some questions to CVS Caremark Corporation regarding its "The State of the States: Adherence Report." The report compiled data from more than 50 million patients to track their level of adherence to drug prescriptions for four chronic diseases: diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

comments 2 comments - Posted May 4, 2012

January 2012

Too Tired for Sex

Dear DH, I'm a 47-year-old man who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008. For two years, I haven't been interested in sex. I have a demanding retail job and two teenage children. I can still perform, but I am usually so tired that I fall asleep after dinner. I don't miss sex much, but my wife does, and I don't want to lose her. By the way, my A1C usually runs around 6.8%.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 31, 2012

August 2011

Staying Motivated With Diabetes Part 3

Scientific studies -- and our own common sense -- tell us that staying motivated and engaged helps control our diabetes. We know what we should resist temptation at the dinner table, monitor our blood sugars avidly, and get regular check-ups. But knowing all of these things, and knowing that self-motivation is the way to achieve them, isn't quite enough.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 19, 2011

June 2011

Type 2s on Sulfonylureas Less Likely to Take Anti-Depressants

Type 2 patients who use only a sulfonylurea are less likely to take anti-depressant drugs than diabetes patients on other medications. That's the conclusion of a report delivered recently in Honolulu at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2011

May 2011

Insulin Tumors

Swimsuit season lasts for at least five months in the South. The good news is that we live close to the beach, but the bad news is that after 25 years of living with diabetes (and three Caesareans), my body is starting to read like a map of my medical journey.

comments 8 comments - Posted May 25, 2011

March 2011

Alcohol and Sex

Dear Diabetes Health,

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 20, 2011

December 2010

Diabetes-Depression Connection

A 10-year study by Harvard University scientists found that diabetes puts people at risk for depression and that depression puts people at risk for type 2 diabetes. The two-way connection between the diseases was discovered in 55,000 nurses surveyed over the decade.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 17, 2010

June 2010

Do You Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

It raises fasting blood sugars. It increases the risk for type 2 diabetes. Millions of people suffer from it. And many don't even know they have it.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 30, 2010

April 2010

Flowers and Cards and Faux Pas... Oh My!

When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, someone said brightly to me, "Well, at least you don't have cancer!" Others told me with naïve confidence, "You can beat this thing!"  Another person remarked to my mother, "If anyone could do a good job with diabetes, it's Rachel!  I'm too scared of needles."  Not one of these comments, nor about ninety percent of the others I received, was helpful, encouraging, or beneficial. 

comments 18 comments - Posted Apr 5, 2010

March 2010

Depression or Sex?

Dear Diabetes Health, I am a 55-year-old man who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago, and I think it made me depressed. The depression eventually got so bad that I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning. My doctor referred me to the psych clinic, where they put me on Paxil (paroxetine). The medication is helping my depression, but ruining my sex life.  Basically, I can't get an erection, but I don't really care because I'm not interested anyway. I have no desire. My wife is still interested, however, and she is really upset about my lack of desire for sex.  I don't like hurting her, and I don't want us to break up over this, but the depression was awful. I don't want to go back to that. What can I do? 

comments 4 comments - Posted Mar 16, 2010

February 2010

Diabetes Patients More Likely Than Their Doctors to Focus on Immediate, Rather Than Long-Range, Concerns

A university survey of 92 doctors and their 1,200 patients who have diabetes and hypertension shows that the two groups don't always agree on which conditions are the most important to manage. The survey, conducted by the University of Michigan Medical School, asked doctors and patients to rank their top treatment priorities. While 38 percent of the doctors ranked treating hypertension as the most important, only 18 percent of their diabetes patients gave it the same ranking. Instead, diabetes patients are more likely to list pain and depression as the most important targets for treatment. In fact, the patients suffering the most from those conditions were the most likely to list them as priorities.

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 16, 2010

May 2009

Study Says That Over One-Third of Type 1 Women Have Sexual Problems

A ten-year study that tracked 652 women with type 1 diabetes found that 35 percent of them reported some sort of sexual problem, including loss of desire (57 percent of those reporting problems), problems experiencing orgasm (51 percent), pain during intercourse (21 percent), reduced arousal (38 percent), or decreased vaginal lubrication (47 percent).

comments 4 comments - Posted May 19, 2009

December 2008

Testosterone and Diabetes—An Important Link?
Testosterone and Diabetes—An Important Link?

Until fairly recently, low testosterone in men (I call it "low T") was treated only in patients with severe and obvious T deficiencies, such as men with congenital hormonal conditions that affected their pituitary gland or those who had lost both testicles to trauma, tumors, or infections.  However, as the medical community has learned more about the benefits of T therapy for men with less obvious causes of low T (e.g., improved sexual desire and function, energy, and body composition), there has been concomitant interest in how T relates to other medical conditions, including diabetes.  It turns out that the relationship between low T and diabetes is quite involved, although the final chapter on the ultimate nature of the relationship is still to be written.  

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 15, 2008

September 2008

If You’re Type 2, Remind Your Doctor to Check You for Symptoms of Depression

A recent study from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, said that patients with type 2 diabetes run a 52 percent higher risk of suffering depression than nondiabetics.

comments 2 comments - Posted Sep 18, 2008

August 2008

Sleep Apnea and Diabetes

Imagine someone pressing a pillow over your face while you sleep. You wake up and struggle for air. After 10 seconds, you're allowed to breathe again. But pretty soon, the pillow goes back over your face.

comments 2 comments - Posted Aug 29, 2008

March 2008

The Two Faces of Diabetes
The Two Faces of Diabetes

The table was set for Thanksgiving and all the family was there. Joey, the baby, was the center of attention. This would be the second Thanksgiving he had witnessed in his relatively short life. Somebody remarked that he looked thin, but Sandra, Joey's mother, thought that it was just a sign of growth. As the turkey and mashed potatoes were served, the family turned its attention away from the cooing baby to ladling piles of food onto plates. Joey didn't eat much that night, but kept asking for more to drink.

comments 20 comments - Posted Mar 13, 2008

January 2008

Diabetes, Depression and Death
Diabetes, Depression and Death

Startling statistics are only one reason sufferers should get help and why research into this lethal combination must continue.  On the list of deadly diseases in the United States, diabetes ranks fifth. And for so many reasons: major killers like heart attack and stroke are among a slew of diabetes' potentially lethal complications.

comments 15 comments - Posted Jan 12, 2008

Depressed Older People With Diabetes Live Longer If They Are Treated

A five-year medical study in three eastern U.S. cities confirms what common sense would tell you: Depressed older people with diabetes live longer if they are treated for their depression.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 9, 2008

Stress and Staying Alive
Stress and Staying Alive

You and everybody else alive encounter stress, daily, hourly and minute by minute. As unavoidable, inscrutable, and sometimes as aggressive as the IRS, stress is part of the human condition. It is not just a sense of being tense but is any event that causes a complex physiologic response called the "stress response."

comments 4 comments - Posted Jan 3, 2008

December 2007

Kind of Depressed? You May Be Among the Sixty-six Percent of Type 2s Who Are, and It's Probably Affecting Your Self-Care
Kind of Depressed? You May Be Among the Sixty-six Percent of Type 2s Who Are, and It's Probably Affecting Your Self-Care

A recent study about the interplay between diabetes self-care and depression surveyed 879 patients with type 2. Nearly a fifth had probable major depression, and a shocking 66.5 percent reported at least some depressive symptoms.

comments 3 comments - Posted Dec 19, 2007

October 2007

It's Not Your Imagination: Diabetes and Depression Are A Disabling Duo

Depression, according to new research just published in The Lancet, is more damaging to your everyday wellbeing than chronic diabetes, angina, asthma, or arthritis. But the most disabling of all is the combination of depression and diabetes: If you have both, you are living at the equivalent of only sixty percent of full health.

comments 3 comments - Posted Oct 22, 2007

August 2007

Depression And a Foot Ulcer Can Be a Fatal Combination
Depression And a Foot Ulcer Can Be a Fatal Combination

In a recent study out of Britain, 253 people with their first diabetic foot ulcer were assessed for depression. Sadly, a full third of them suffered from clinical depression; to be precise, 24.1 percent had major depressive disorder and 8.1 percent had minor depression.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2007

June 2007

Depression Raises Risk of Diabetes
Depression Raises Risk of Diabetes

Researchers reporting in the Archives of Internal Medicine have found that depression is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in people over 65 years of age.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 14, 2007

What Do You Know About Depression and Diabetes? Join With Us to Write the Story
What Do You Know About Depression and Diabetes? Join With Us to Write the Story

Here at Diabetes Health, we're planning to write a primer on depression and diabetes. We want to delve into how the two intertwine, how depression impacts diabetes self-care, when to see a professional or consider drug therapy, how to talk about depression, and whether depression affects spouses of people with diabetes.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jun 7, 2007

May 2007

Data Suggest Cymbalta Reduced Severity of Night Pain in Patients with Diabetic Nerve Pain
Data Suggest Cymbalta Reduced Severity of Night Pain in Patients with Diabetic Nerve Pain

INDIANAPOLIS Data from a pooled analysis of three studies suggest that in patients with pain caused by diabetic nerve damage, or diabetic peripheral neuropathy, who are treated with Cymbalta (duloxetine HCl), improvements in both average daily pain and night pain severity were associated with less pain-related sleep interference than in those patients taking sugar pill.

comments 5 comments - Posted May 15, 2007

When Things Get Hairy
When Things Get Hairy

If you’re a woman who’s noticed unusually thick and coarse hair on your face and body, you may have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).  It’s the most common cause of excessive hair growth, called hirsuitism in medical terms, in women.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 5, 2007

April 2007

Lifting Depression Lowers Blood Sugar
Lifting Depression Lowers Blood Sugar

It’s well known that depression is not good for your sugar numbers and that alleviation of depression is accompanied by improved glucose control. The question has been whether the improvement is due to body weight reduction and better self-care, or whether it might be partially due to healing of the depression condition itself, independent of the aforementioned two factors.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 17, 2007

Diabetes Burnout: When To Leave
Diabetes Burnout: When To Leave "Good Enough" Alone

There's an ancient Greek myth about a man named Sisyphus who was cursed to roll the same rock up a hill, then see it roll down, then roll it up again, for eternity.  There's something a bit like diabetes self-care in that myth.

comments 4 comments - Posted Apr 14, 2007

When You Couldn't Care Less
When You Couldn't Care Less

Have you lost interest in the world around you? Are you more difficult to engage in conversation or in doing chores? Have you lost interest in doing things or in starting new activities? Are you apathetic or indifferent?  If your answer to these questions is yes, then you may be suffering from apathy syndrome.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 5, 2007

February 2007

Type 1s More Likely to Worry and Be Depressed
Type 1s More Likely to Worry and Be Depressed

U.K researchers say there is an increased prevalence of clinically relevant anxiety in females and of depression in males with type 1.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

April 2003

Raising Spirits Through Exercise

It's no secret that exercise is good for you. On an almost regular basis, people with type 2 diabetes hear the rhetoric that exercise and weight loss will all but cure them of their condition.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2003

March 2003

Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children Experience Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome

They're fighting a war, but it isn't on foreign soil. This war is in their own homes, and it involves a diabetes diagnosis for their child. The outcome—post-traumatic stress disorder—is all too real among these reluctant "soldiers."

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2003

September 2000

Anti-Depressant Keeps the Blues at Bay

With nearly 20 percent of type 1s and 2s suffering from some form of depressive disorder, depression is an issue of paramount importance for the diabetes community, and one with far-reaching ramifications. The May issue of Diabetes Care reports that a new class of antidepressant agents has just finished its first round of clinical trials, and the results look good.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2000

August 1999

Eighteen Percent of Type 2 Patients are Depressed, and it Costs More

Gregory Nichols presented a study at the American Diabetes Association's scientific sessions in June, which found that 18.5 percent of type 2s are depressed. He also says that depression in diabetes produces greater cost per patient.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 1999

February 1999

Treating Depression Improves Diabetes Control

Patrick Lustman, PhD, of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and colleagues recently conducted a study of people with diabetes who were suffering from depression. The purpose of the study was to determine the effects that depression might have in managing blood glucose.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 1999

January 1997

Should We Get The Blues Over Diabetes and Depression?

Researchers have recently found evidence that suggests severe depression may be a factor in the development of type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1997

June 1996

Dealing With Great Expectations—Emotional Problems in Diabetes Often Go Unrecognized

In caring for diabetes, the important role of emotions is often overlooked. It's so much easier to deal with a patient's physiology than to deal with the patient's feelings.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 1, 1996

June 1995

Diabetes May Add Stress, Depression

In addition to the stresses of maintaining a job, keeping up with daily home and family responsibilities, and somehow finding time to relax, people with diabetes have a whole new set of concerns to deal with.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 1995

February 1994

Nutrasweet And Depression

In a study conducted at the Northeastern Ohio University Medical College, the effect of aspartame (Nutrasweet) on patients with a history of depression was measured.

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 1, 1994

Diabetes And Depression

Does living with diabetes cause an increased prevalence of depression? Recent studies on the prevalence of depression in adults and adolescents with diabetes suggest that this may be the case. In a study published in Diabetes Care (December, 1993), the prevalence of psychiatric disorders among adolescents with diabetes was found to be 33.3% higher than in the non-diabetic control group, and that adolescents with diabetes in the study suffered from "significantly more introversive symptoms,...especially somatic symptoms, sleeping disturbances, compulsions, and depressive moods."

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 1994

November 1993

Diabetics More Likely To Suffer From Depression

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have discovered that people with diabetes are at higher risk of depression than the general population (Diabetes Care, August '93 issue). Their findings indicate that people with diabetes are almost three times as likely to develop mild clinical depression (more than 14%) than people without diabetes (around 4%). Unlike other chronic diseases (including arthritis, heart disease, chronic lung disease, and hypertension), diabetes appears to be a risk factor for depression only, not for other psychological disorders. According to the study, women with diabetes are more likely to suffer from clinical depression than their male counterparts, as are people of low economic status.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1993

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