Friday, February 7, 2014

Type 2 Diabetes - Living With Depression and Diabetes Puts You At an Increased Risk of Early Death

English: Overview of the most significant poss...
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A new review of evidence published in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry has found people living with diabetes who also have untreated depression, are at an increased risk of dying before their time.
This review focused on more than 42,000 people who were living with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes together with depression.
The team reviewing the information discovered depression was associated with a 1.5 fold increase in the risk of dying early. In 4 of the studies reviewed, a 20 percent higher risk of cardiovascular death was found to be associated with those living with co-morbid depression as well as Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is the world's fastest growing chronic disease according to Diabetes Australia, and on December 20, 2006 the UN General Assembly passed a UN Resolution No. 61/255 stating diabetes is recognized as a major health crisis facing all nations of the world. The most recent figures show the number of people living with this disease:
  • is expected to rise from 382 million in 2013 to 592 million by the year 2035, and
  • 80% live in low and middle-income countries.
Approximately 30 percent of all people diagnosed with diabetes experience symptoms of depression.
Mijung Park PhD., lead author of the review, made the following comments on this...
"Depression consistently increased the risk of mortality across virtually all studies. We can now postulate that the harmful effect of depression is universal to individuals with diabetes."
An associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Todd Brown M.D. Ph.D., reports it is extremely common to see a patient with:
  • Type 2 diabetes,
  • high blood pressure,
  • obesity, and
  • depression
go into a downward spiral when faced with these co-morbidities...
"Obesity can lead to worsening metabolic status that can lead to hopelessness and decreased physical activity, which in turns worsens obesity, and the cycle continues," Dr. Brown said.
Depression is a highly treatable condition and if you are struggling with signs of depression, please do not suffer alone. Feeling sad, blue and depressed at times is common for everybody. But if you feel down for two or more weeks, talk with your doctor as you may have depression. The good news is there are treatments that can help.
Speak to your doctor about how you feel and what you are going through as they will be able to ensure you get the right help - counseling or medicine can help you feel better. You will be able to start enjoying life again and you will be able to find it easier to take care of your blood sugar levels.
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