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Depression + Diabetes = Danger


Depression and diabetes may be a dangerous combination. Researchers studied the mental health and hypoglycemia history of more than 4,100 people with diabetes, most of whom had type 2. Close to a third of participants were on insulin. Over the five-year study, depressed participants had a 42 percent greater risk of severe hypoglycemia (defined in the study as having blood glucose low enough to require a hospital visit) than nondepressed people with diabetes. Though the study didn't determine a cause, the researchers say that depressed people with diabetes may not properly care for their health or that depression may result in biological changes that affect blood glucose levels.
Source: Annals of Family Medicine, May/June 2013



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