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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.
According to the Medical Tribune, 51 people with both diabetes and depression were treated by Lustman to determine how their emotional states could affect the treatment of their diabetes.
Twenty-six people received standard medical care for their diabetes, while 25 people received diabetes care plus psychotherapy and depression management.
The results of the study indicated that the psychotherapy group achieved a lower HbA1c (9.5 %) than the untreated group (10.9 %). Also, 85 percent of the psychotherapy group reported less depression, while only 27 percent of the group untreated for depression reported fewer feelings of depression after six months.
The researchers concluded that diabetes requires a great deal of focused self-care, and that depression can easily inhibit such care.
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