Vitamin D Proves Helpful For Women with Diabetes and Depression
Women with type 2 diabetes tend to have worse outcomes than men with the same diagnosis.
The reason for this may be that more than 25 percent of women with diabetes also have depression, and symptoms of depression interfere with the ability to manage diabetes successfully.
A cost-effective way for women to address this problem might be taking a readily available supplement that has minimal side effects. Recent research indicates that vitamin D supplements not only improve the mood of depressed, diabetic women, but it also lowers their blood pressure significantly.
How Diabetes and Depression are Linked
It is not surprising that many women (and men) have diabetes and depression together since the two illnesses are linked several ways.
The CDC reports that having diabetes doubles an individual’s risk of developing depression.
Both diagnoses have common risk factors including family history, blood pressure problems, obesity and coronary artery disease.
The two diagnoses share symptoms. Anxiety, fatigue, irritability, and restlessness are signs of depression – and of blood sugar that is too high or too low.
Having to manage diabetes can trigger depressive symptoms, and the depressive symptoms make managing diabetes more difficult. Then the diabetes worsens, and the added stress aggravates the depression. A vicious circle.
Having depression with diabetes creates additional health risks as well. People with both illnesses have a 52 percent greater chance of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. Depressed diabetics also tend to have higher blood glucose levels than those who Continue reading