The effects of diabetes on depression and depression on diabetes

Lloyd, Cathy (2008). The effects of diabetes on depression and depression on diabetes. Diabetes Voice, 53(1) pp. 23–26.



Diabetes can have both a daily and long-term impact on individuals, both physically and in terms of its psychosocial effects. It is now known that people with diabetes are at a substantially increased risk of experiencing mental distress, particularly depression, compared with people who do not have diabetes. For example a key report demonstrated that individuals with diabetes have at least twice the risk of developing depression compared to those without diabetes (Anderson et al, 2001). It is also thought that depression increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes (Knol et al, 2006). The most recent research on diabetes and depression indicates that having both these conditions (co-morbidity) increases risk for developing diabetes complications, such as cardiovascular disease. Depression can also have a significant effect on glycemic control, on self-management of diabetes and on overall quality of life.

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