Depression could cause type 2 diabetes

Tue, 06 Jun 2006
Depression and type 2 diabetes have been linked by many studies . A new study conducted at the University of Alberta has further re-iterated this link, particularly amongst young adults.

A team of researchers used an enormous study group of 32,000 individual Saskatchewan patients, and published their findings in leading journal Diabetes Care . Their discovery is that those patients who have been newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are 30 per cent more likely to have suffered from depression than those people without diabetes.

A past history of depression, therefore, seems to lead to a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The head researcher provided several reasons that could have influenced the findings. These include inactivity and a bad diet, medications used to treat depression, and even chemical changes in the body associated with depression.

According to the researchers, the next stage is to use the results gleaned from the study to help people with depression. Once scientists understand the roots and triggers, the head researcher claims, they can work to develop a program of intervention.
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