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.
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.
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.
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.
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