Press Release Summary: Researchers are looking at the connection between depression and diabetes. Based on a recent study, people who were being treated for type 2 diabetes had a 52% higher risk of developing symptoms of depression. However, participants with type 2 diabetes who were not getting treatment were at no increased risk for being depressed.
Press Release Body: June 18, 2008, Baltimore --- People who are being treated for type 2 diabetes might also be at a greater risk of being depressed. Experts are looking at the new study suggesting the two may go hand in hand. According to researcher Sherita Hill Golden, MD, of Johns Hopkins University, and colleagues, they are looking at the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in 5,201 adults who did and didn't have depressive symptoms about three years prior. They also analyzed 4,847 adults without depressive symptoms and looked at the odds of developing depressive symptoms for those with and without type 2 diabetes. This study started in 2000-2002 and involved men and women aged 45 to 84. They were followed through until 2004-2005. The study revealed that participants who were being treated for type 2 diabetes had a 52% higher risk of developing symptoms of depression. However, participants with type 2 diabetes who were not getting treatment were at no increased risk for being depressed. Those with impaired fasting glucose (prediabetes) had lower odds of getting depressive symptoms. The study also suggests a link between baseline depressive symptoms and the development of diabetes over three years, but after taking into account lifestyle factors including smoking, alcohol use, daily calorie intake, and physical activity, the researchers say this association could have been due to chance. The authors noted that some studies have shown a link between depression and diabetes, while others have shown no connection between the two conditions. While it is not clear whether type 2 diabetes is a depression risk factor, the authors write that "a diagnosis of diabetes or the burden of dealing with its complications might also lead to depression." They noted that people with untreated type 2 diabetes may have had fewer related medical problems and milder disease. "Our findings of an association in participants with treated but not untreated type 2 diabetes suggest that the psychological stress associated with diabetes management may lead to elevated depressive symptoms." The researchers advice doctors to routinely screen people with type 2 diabetes for depression. The result of the study is published in the June 18 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. For more information about health issues, wellness, FDA-approved medications and pharmacy solutions, log on to www.drugstoretm.com or call: 1-646-278-1136, Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 9:00pm (Pacific Standard Time). DrugstoreTM is a subsidiary of Alliance Healthcare Group dedicated to bring to the general public the most reasonable prices on FDA-approved medications as well as waived prescription fees, customer support, and free-shipping.
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