Depression is a matter of great concern in patients with diabetes mellitus. People with diabetes are twice as likely to experience depression as people without diabetes. It can have a negative impact on both clinical outcomes and quality of living.
When people with diabetes suffer from depression, it is more difficult to manage their blood sugar levels and to stick to treatment goals. The severity of depressive symptoms has been associated with poorer adherence to diet and medication regimen, functional impairment, and higher health care costs in primary care diabetic patients, revealed a study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine.(1)
A meta-analysis of articles published on MEDLINE and PsycINFO database suggested a significant and consistent association between diabetes complications and depressive. (2)
Patients with diabetes, particularly those with poor disease control, should be screened for psychosocial disorders, such as depression, recommends the American Diabetes Association. Depression among diabetic patients has also been linked with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and early death. (3)
But the good news is that depression can be successfully treated in people with diabetes. Antidepressant medications or talk therapy have been found to be effective in reducing depressive symptoms. Therefore, it is important that you talk with your doctor about changes in your mood.
Dr. Trupti Shirole