Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Diabetes and Depression - WHICH CAME FIRST?

Cross-sectional studies have found a link between having diabetes and being depressed, but it is not clear if depression leads to diabetes or if diabetes leads to depression. The Health, Ageing and Body Composition Study followed 2,522 older adults for an average of 5.9 years to see how having diabetes was associated with the development of depression. At the start of the study, 597 of the participants had diabetes, but none of the participants were initially diagnosed as having depressive symptoms. Researchers found that people with daibetes had a 30% higher risk of developing depressive symptoms than people who did not have diabetes and a 91% higher risk of recurrent depressive mood. The increased risk of depression was mostly seen among people with poorly controlled blood glucose levels.

Source: Prevention, August 2007


  1. It has been medically proved that depression is much more common among the people who are above the age of 40. The matter to worry is that there are several diseases that attack a person above the age of 40, as for example, heart ailments, diabetes, erectile dysfunction etc. These diseases sometimes make it unfit for the antidepressants like xanax to be prescribed to the patients above this age group. Most of the antidepressants have side effects that make them unfit to be prescribed to the patients who are multiple medications.