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The study, performed by the University of Pennsylvania, had two major findings:
Researchers said that depression in people with diabetes typically leads to such unhealthy practices as not following diets or taking prescribed drugs, as well as a general lowering of the quality of life.
Although previous studies had established a link between diabetes and depression, with the two combining to create a greater risk of premature death, the University of Pennsylvania study was the first to study the effects of therapeutic intervention on diabetic mortality rates.
The study tracked 584 participants between the ages of 60 and 94 in three cities, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, who had been screened for depression. Of that number, 123 were identified as people with diabetes.
Researchers divided the study's participants into two groups. One received routine care while the other received "depression care management," where depression care managers worked with primary care providers. Part of the treatment for depression included assisting patients with adherence to drug and food guidelines.
Source: Diabetes Care, November 2007
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