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Antidepressants Reduce Death by One-Third in Diabetic Patients

A new study has found that antidepressants reduce death by more than one-third in patients with diabetes and depression.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with diabetes are two to three times more likely to have depression than people without diabetes. Researchers add that 50 percent to 75 percent of people with diabetes and depression go undiagnosed, despite therapy and medicine being very effective.

“The incidence of major depressive disorder amongst individuals with diabetes is significantly greater than the general population,” said the study’s corresponding author, Vincent Chin-Hung Chen, a professor at Chiayi Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University in Puzi, Taiwan. “Diabetes and depression each independently contribute to increasing total mortality.”

For the study, researchers used the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan to identify 53,412 patients diagnosed with diabetes and depression since 2000. They followed this population until 2013 to see if antidepressants reduced the death rate. What they discovered is that antidepressants reduced mortality by 35 percent.

“This data provides further rationale for the screening and treating of depression in persons who have diabetes,” Chen said.

The study was published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Source: The Endocrine Society

Antidepressants Reduce Death by One-Third in Diabetic Patients

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Wood, J. (2019). Antidepressants Reduce Death by One-Third in Diabetic Patients. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 29, 2020, from
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