Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Diabetes and depression

People with type 1 diabetes, the kind which people have from childhood, are much more likely to be depressed than people without the condition. Researchers from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center studied 1,004 adults, 458 of whom had type 1 diabetes. The results showed that people with diabetes were almost three times as likely to have a clinically-significant score for depression and were nearly twice as likely to be on antidepressant medication. Overall 32.1% of people with diabetes had some symptoms of depression compared to 16% of the rest of the sample. Those people experiencing complications of their diabetes - such as eye problems, amputation and kidney problems - had (hardly surprisingly) much higher depression scores. The study recommended that people with type 1 diabetes be regularly screened for depression.

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