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Connection between diabetes and depression, both deadly – Research

Diabetes is a modern lifestye disease / affliction, that can cause huge amounts of trouble for anybody who is suffering from diabetes. Unless the sugar level is controlled, it leads to a high degree of impact on the body, on various parts of the body such as the nerves in the leg, in the eye, on the heart, and on the blood system. Depression can lead to a person losing the urge to live, to suicidal tendencies, and to change the way of living to become more unhealthy. So what happens when both of these get combined ? Well, there is research underway that seems to suggest that the link between diabetes and depression is 2 way; so somebody who has depression is actually at a higher risk for developing diabetes; and somebody who has diabetes is at a higher risk of getting into a depression.
This is derived from ongoing research, which does not delve into medical reasons for the same, but is based on studies of people over a period of time; which detects that statistically, there is a linkage between depression and diabetes. This is bad news for people afflicted with diabetes or depression, since either of these 2 problems is bad enough, but if one leads to the other, it is a major problem (refer article):

Results showed that women with depression were about 17 per cent more likely to develop diabetes after controlling for other risk factors, such as physical activity and body mass index (BMI). And those who were taking antidepressants had a 25 per cent higher risk of developing diabetes than those who did not have depression. Women with diabetes were 29 per cent more likely to develop depression. Women who took insulin for diabetes had a further increased risk—53 per cent higher than women without diabetes.
The results indicate that depression may have an effect on risk for diabetes beyond weight and inactivity. In addition, the findings reinforce the idea that diabetes is related to stress, the authors noted.

This kind of study needs much further research, including determining the causative factors that can point to why one is related to the other. Such research will help in the search for finding cures or atleast finding chemicals that can reduce the risk factors in either case (although it is fairly well known that stress is a risk factor for diabetes).

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