Anxiety increases risk of diabetes

Mon, 28 Jul 2008
A groundbreaking new Swedish study indicated that stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia all increase the risk of diabetes amongst men. The study categorises the problems under 'psychological distress' and found men with high levels face a 50 per cent increase in type 2 diabetes risk.

The study investigated over 2,100 men and 3,100 women, but found the factors were significant only in men. The research team published the review in journal Diabetic Medicine .

The leader of the study, Professor Anders Ekbom of the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, reportedly commented: "The link could be a result of the way psychological distress affects the brain's role in regulating hormones or perhaps because depression influences a person's diet and level of physical activity in a negative way. While women communicate symptoms of distress and depression, men are more unwilling to admit such feelings and tend to cope through drinking, drug use and other private activities or actions."
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