Type II Diabetes and Depression; two growing health problems in the United States. Diabetes is a physical illness that is characterized by the bodies inability to use glucose and results in high blood glucose levels (blood sugar levels). Depression on the other hand is a mental health challenge. Depression is more than just a bout of the blues, it is characterized by prolonged feelings of sadness, irritability, loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities, and or insomnia or excessive sleeping among other symptoms.
A new study performed by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health has provided evidence for a bidirectional correlation between the two diseases. Their research shows “women who suffer with depression were 17% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes… [and] women with diabetes were 29% more likely to develop depression than women without diabetes, even after adjusting for other mood disorders and risk factors. The likelihood of developing either disease was increased be the severity of the diabetes or depression that they already had.
The lead researcher Dr. Frank Hu believed that the likely common contributor to either disease is stress. Stress caused by depression lead to diabetes, and stress caused by diabetes lead to depression.
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