The Link Between Diabetes and Depression
Depression and diabetes are two conditions that can sometimes go hand-in-hand. First, diabetes can increase the risk of depression, according to a growing body of research. In fact, having diabetes doubles the risk of depression, compared to people who don't have the disease. Conversely, depression also can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes, research shows.
It's often a vicious cycle. Depression can get worse as the complications of diabetes get worse, and be depressed can stop people from managing their diabetes as effectively as they need to, which can lead to increased incidence of long-term complications such as retinopathy, neuropathy or nephropathy.
Depression can color everything in a person's life. The ability to do everyday activities can become overwhelming, and this includes taking care of diabetes, such as taking medications, eating right and exercising. Fatigue and lack of enthusiasm can cause people to withdraw from the things they used to like to do. Emotions become flat and thoughts can turn to sadness, anxiety or even suicide.
Unfortunately, a large proportion of people suffering from depression and diabetes never receive help for the depression. Sometimes it's not recognized by healthcare professionals, and sometimes people who are depressed don't communicate to their doctors about their thoughts and feelings or don't realize that they are depressed.
Symptoms of Depression
Recognizing the symptoms of depression is important for getting the help that's needed.
Feeling sad for a prolonged period of time.
Feeling restless or anxious for no apparent reas Continue reading