According to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, depression could increase the risk of diabetes occurring amongst the elderly . Experts studied the effects of chronic depression, and depression that worsened over time, on people aged 65 years of old.
Mercedes R. Carnetho, of Northwestern University, reportedly commented: “Older adults who report high levels of depressive symptoms are more likely to develop diabetes over time than older adults who have lower depressive symptoms. We need to carefully evaluate older adults for depressive symptoms, and they need to be taken seriously because of the potential impact.”
In each type of depression studied, the team found an increased risk of diabetes. The group collected their data from a sample of almost 5,000 people, whose health was evaluated over a decade. Carnethon reported: “People who report higher depressive symptoms may not take as good a care of themselves as they should. For example, they may be less physically active, and thus more likely to gain weight, which is the primary risk factor for diabetes.”

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