Author in the Room: Association Between Depressive Symptoms and Diabetes

July 2008 Author in the Room® Teleconference
Author: Sherita Hill Golden, MD, MHS
Summary Points:
  • People with symptoms of depression are more likely to engage in diabetes-producing health behaviors, including eating more, exercising less, and smoking more. As a consequence, they were more obese.
  • People with elevated symptoms of depression had a 42 percent increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes over 3 years. This was partially explained by unhealthy behaviors.
  • People with treated Type 2 diabetes had a 52 percent increased risk of developing depressive symptoms over 3 years. This suggests that individuals with diabetes should be monitored for development of depression.
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