DIABETES AND DEPRESSION
ANCHOR LEAD: DIABETES AND DEPRESSION ARE LINKED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Diabetes and depression go hand in hand, a Johns Hopkins study concludes. Sherita Golden, a diabetes expert and study author, describes the findings.
GOLDEN: What we were able to confirm is that there is a bidirectional association between depression and diabetes. Everybody has known for years that people who have diabetes are twice as likely to have symptoms of depression as those who don’t, and that could either be because diabetes leads to depression or that having depression leads to diabetes. So if you have treated type II diabetes then you are at higher risk of developing symptoms of depression over follow up, and then conversely if you had depressive symptoms you were at increased risk of developing type II diabetes. :32
Golden says the study underscores the need for clinicians and people with diabetes or depression to be aware of this association and be on the lookout for development of new symptoms. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.