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

| Dec 19, 2007

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.

Only 14.2 percent claimed to be free of depressive symptoms.

The researchers found that the patients with major depression were significantly more likely to miss their medications and to drop the ball with regard to diet, exercise, and self-monitoring regimens. But they weren't the only ones. Among the two-thirds who just had some depressive symptoms, self-care deteriorated incrementally as depressive symptoms mounted.

The study suggests that even low levels of depression can hammer your ability to manage self-care routines. So if you're feeling low, perhaps with feelings of diminished interest, fatigue, poor concentration, or hopelessness, seek help. It could significantly improve your ability to manage your healthcare duties.

Sources: Medline Plus; Diabetes Care, September 2007

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Categories: Depression, Diabetes, Diabetes, Type 2 Issues


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Posted by jolo on 19 December 2007

Since I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes about two years ago ( it seems to follow my maternal family when the pass 50), I have been telling my doctors that I can tell that my depression is very much a biological happening.
That was when my doctor saw that my blood sugar was at 900 !!
I also have Hepatitis C, and the symptoms are very similar. I had no idea of the impact of the Diabetes on me, until diagnosed.

I also believe that I can trace when the diabetes started to kick in, by being aware of my impatience, mental energy drops, with corresponds with Depression.
I personally am very aware of when I get depressed and know it will pass, as soon as my blood sugars get back in gear.

Depression and Diabetes for some in the medical community and the community at large seem to be more apt to have the patient "blamed" for their syndromes. It is not that we are helpless in these matters, but I have had doctors tell me to "get rid of my depression and my Diabetes will be a lot better".
It is about time that awareness of how Diabetes can effect someone, "from their head to their toes". The awareness I believe is that start of doing the best that we can do to live a productive life. It also helps doctors understand how important the social/psychological component is.

Actually, for me, the social/psychological component is the most important one. I have found things that lift my spirits and when my spirits are lifted, my blood sugars seem to be more manageable. I also know what type of situations and people to stry to stay away from.

Thanks,

Jon

Posted by volleyball on 20 December 2007

High blood sugar will make people feel bad, are they depressed, maybe. A questionnaire of less than 1,000 people really shows the leap that generated the conclusion.
If you let your diabetes go poorly or unmanaged for a long period of time, most likely some other health issues will occur. Your health goes down and you feed somewhat depressed.
"Studies" like this may help a few who are suffering depression to see a link but may hurt more who now turn their sadness into a medically treated condition

Posted by bird54 on 12 January 2008

Hey, if you're depressed, go for a walk. That will lift your spirits. And you're too depressed to go for a walk, drink a cup of coffee. The caffeine will act as a mood enhancer and give you a boost. Then go for a walk. Or get a dog! Everyone knows it is irresponsible to keep a dog cooped up. You will have to walk it every day, and if you walk your dog everyday, you won't feel depressed anymore!


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