Depression And Diabetes A Potentially Lethal Combination
Depression Diabetes Potentially Lethal Combination
Let’s get right to the heart of the matter. There are three things you absolutely must know and, more important, believe, about depression.
IT IS A REAL DISEASE.
Depression is not a prolonged period of moodiness, or a downbeat reaction to the world around you, or a perpetually negative disposition. It’s a formal disease. Meaning there is a physical component (out-of-balance brain chemicals, a set of common symptoms, a way to diagnose it, and a way to cure it.
DIABETES AND DEPRESSION ARE LINKED.
Having one significantly increases your likelihood of developing the other, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The link goes in both directions. People diagnosed with depression have a greater risk of getting type 2 diabetes, and if you have diabetes, your chances of having clinical depression are more than double those of people of the same age and general condition who don’t have diabetes.
IF YOU HAVE DIABETES, YOU ARE DEFINITELY AT RISK.
In one recent overseas study, fully one-third of patients attending diabetes clinics met the criteria for having depression. Yet few were diagnosed or getting care for the condition. While there hasn’t been a parallel study done in the United States, some estimates put the rate of depression among people with diabetes at over 20 percent.
Why does this matter? Because depression is far more serious than just a few days or weeks of feeling down. Not only does it make your life so much less than it can be, depression also raises your risk of other chronic conditions, i Continue reading