Study Facts on Diabetes Type 2July 23rd, 2008 - 3:34 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
If a person is type 2 diabetic, there is a greater risk of being depressed, if been diagnosed as being clinically depressed, then the doctor should be on the lookout for diabetes.
The researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that who were being treated for type 2 diabetes had a 52 percent higher risk of developing symptoms of depression.
Type-2 diabetes is defined as non-insulin dependent diabetes which is the most common form of the disease and can usually be controlled by diet, exercise and medicines.
Dr. Stephen Paolucci, chairman, Division of Psychiatry, Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville, said, one of the most important things that happens when a patient is diagnosed with a mental disorder is to have a comprehensive physical exam.
“Doctors should have their sensitivity increased toward picking up on the potential for more of their diabetes patients and more of their depression patients having susceptibility to the other disorder,” he said.
“It is also possible,” Paolucci observed, “that the psychological stress associated with diabetes management in itself could lead to elevated depressive symptoms.
“We often see depression when someone first has to face up to having a debilitating illness. Patients who have heart conditions, for example, can initially be depressed. It’s not an uncommon occurrence,” he said.
Depressed individuals are also less likely to comply with dietary and weight loss recommendations and more likely to be physically inactive, contributing to obesity, a strong risk factor in diabetes.