Taking antidepressants can prevent the development of severe diabetes and reduces the risk of death in those with diabetes and depression, a new study has found.

According to the researchers from the China Medical University, individuals with both conditions are in more danger of dying or further progressing diabetes-related problems, including heart disease, strokes, foot complications and vision loss.

However, their latest findings have revealed that antidepressants can significantly reduce these risks.

Researcher Dr Shi-Heng Wang said: “People with depression and diabetes have poorer health outcomes than those with diabetes alone, and regular antidepressant treatment could lower their risk of complications.”

Fellow academic Dr Chi-Shin Wu added: “People who adhere to their antidepressants have better diabetes outcomes and quality of life than those with poor adherence.”

Previous studies have discovered that depression is common in people with diabetes.

Stress, fluctuating weight and low levels of physical activity are common symptoms of depression, which are known to aggravate diabetes.

The scientists examined over 36,000 people with both conditions to establish whether or not antidepressants can improve diabetes outcomes. They found a connection between frequent antidepressant medication and a reduced risk of death and serious diabetes complications.

The full research study is now available in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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