Clinical Depression in Type 1 Diabetes
Depression and type 1 diabetes are a deadly mix. Researchers studied 458 people who had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during childhood, screening for depression every two years between 1986 and 2006. Clinically depressed people with diabetes were three times as likely to die over the 20-year study as those without depression, even after researchers accounted for factors influencing death such as age, blood pressure, and smoking. On the bright side, another study found that some people with diabetes who score high on tests of depression aren’t actually depressed but instead have diabetes-related distress, which can be eased with diabetes education and support.
Source: American Diabetes Association’s 74th annual Scientific Sessions, June 2014