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Depression Ups Risk of Diabetes

DiabetesA retrospective review of a health database discovered people with a history of depression had a 30 per cent increased risk of type 2 Diabetes.

The review involved a study of 2,400 residents of Saskatchewan who were diagnosed with depression and were taking antidepressants.

Researchers from the University of Alberta sought to determine if there was a clear correlation between depression and type 2 Diabetes.

Lead researcher, Lauren Brown divided the group into four categories: those who took antidepressants that were considered older therapies, patients who were using newer treatments, those using a combination of both an old and new treatments and people who were switching medications.

What she found was the risk of diabetes almost doubled for the patients who were using two types of therapies at the same time, tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Brown says people are usually prescribed multiple medications “if they have severe depression or if they are having a problem finding the right therapy.”

Brown believes these results, and results of previous studies demonstrating an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in people with depression, emphasize the need for regular screening for type 2 diabetes in people with depression, particularly those taking more than one antidepressant.

She also encourages diabetes and depression organizations to educate their members about this link.

Source: University of Alberta

Depression Ups Risk of Diabetes

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Depression Ups Risk of Diabetes. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/03/26/depression-ups-risk-of-diabetes/2079.html

 

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