Chronic diseases linked to higher levels of depression

January 16th, 2009 - 2:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Jan 16 (IANS) People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are nearly twice as likely to be depressed as diabetics. Dutch researchers compared the health characteristics of 999 patients with COPD, 978 patients with diabetes, and 2,494 healthy control subjects.

Results showed that COPD patients were diagnosed almost twice as often with depression compared to diabetic patients and control subjects.

Furthermore, the mean time to a first diagnosis of depression was 7.7 years for patients with COPD, 5.9 years for patients with diabetes, and 7.3 years for control subjects, said a release of American College of Chest Physicians.

Researchers speculate that the increased risk of depression is not the result of having a chronic disease in general but specific to COPD.

The study was published in the January issue of Chest.

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