Depression and Diabetes - The Deadly Duo
Depression and diabetes are involved in a twisted love affair. If you have diabetes, you are more likely to become depressed, and if you suffer from depression, you are at a higher risk for diabetes. Here are some other statistics that you might find – well – depressing:
- Women who are depressed are 17 percent more likely to develop diabetes, even after other factors such as weight and lack of physical activity are taken into consideration.
- Women taking antidepressants are 25 percent more likely to develop diabetes than women who are not depressed.
- Women who already have diabetes are 29 percent more likely to become depressed than non-diabetics.
- Women taking insulin are 53 percent more likely to suffer from depression.
A study from the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that more insulin creates more depression. Stress plays a major role in this link between diabetes and depression, especially since depression elevates cortisol levels and leads to blood sugar problems and insulin resistance.