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 WHY THE LINK?

ANCHOR LEAD: HOW ARE DIABETES AND DEPRESSION LINKED?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Now that a relationship between diabetes and depression has been identified, the question is which is the chicken and which the egg?  Sherita Golden, a diabetes expert and study author at Johns Hopkins, offers her opinion.

GOLDEN:  What we know from the other part of our study is that once people have symptoms of depression, they don’t engage in lifestyle behaviors that are as healthy, so if we have patients that already have diabetes who develop depression, then they may not engage in the healthy lifestyles that are necessary to improve their clinical outcome, so this is a very important issue for both clinicians and patients to be aware of.     :21

Golden says the converse may also be true:  people with diabetes may find the constant monitoring and modifications of diet, medications and lifestyle onerous, and may develop depression as a result.  In any case, awareness is key.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.


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