People with diabetes should be screened for depression

Wed, 28 Oct 2009
According to new guidelines from the National Health Service, patients who have a chronic illness including those with diabetes should be screened for depression by their GPs . Other patients who could be screened include those with cancer and heart disease .

The decision has been taken following a series of studies proving that diabetes and depression are closely linked. Diagnosing depression and treating it at an early stage has been shown to help improve symptoms .

The measures are part of a series of proposals designed to involve GPs further into the mental aspects of their patients. Dr. Kessler of Bristol University was reported in diabetes news as commenting: "There's things that can help, from exercise, to psychological and drug treatment ."
Leave a Comment
Login via Facebook, Yahoo! and Hotmail
or
Have your full say in the Diabetes Forum
Your comments may be moderated. Please report any spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts.

Join us