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Depression & Diabetes Linked: Boston Health Psychologists & Psychotherapists Can Help.

February 2, 2011|Uncategorized

The relationship between depression and diabetes appears to be bidirectional, suggesting diabetes increases the risk for depression and vice versa, according to the most recent results from the Nurses Health Study.

The large, prospective cohort study showed women with depression were 17% more likely to develop diabetes and those who were taking antidepressants had a 25% higher risk of developing diabetes compared with their counterparts without depression.

After controlling for other risk factors for mood disorders, women with diabetes were 29% more likely to develop depression. Women who took insulin for diabetes had a further increased risk — 53% higher than women without diabetes.

All associations were independent of sociodemographic, diet, and lifestyle factors.

“Our results provide compelling evidence that the diabetes-depression association is bidirectional,” the study authors, led by An Pan, PhD, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, write.The study is published in the November 22 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Health psychologists often work with clients to improve medication and treatment compliance for illness such as diabetes, develop healthier lifestyle choices, and reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and other emotional factors that can have a negative impact on health.

Commonwealth Psychology Associates’ clinical staff includes health psychologists who offer a full range of health, wellness and behavioral medicine services. in Boston & Newton, MA. Contact us today to learn more.

Full article at:  “Compelling Evidence” Supports Bidirectional Depression-Diabetes Relationship.

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