Exercise Eases the Burden of Depression
People with diabetes are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and other psychological issues. That’s why the American Diabetes Association recommends that health care providers screen for those issues. Treatment options vary, but a new, 12-week study involving 140 adults with type 2 diabetes makes a case for certain non-drug therapies. In the trial, participants who were randomly selected to receive 12 weeks of exercise training, 10 sessions of talk therapy, or both all reported fewer symptoms of depression, negative thoughts, and diabetes-specific distress than those who received only usual diabetes care. What’s more, people in the exercise group who started the study with an A1C (a measure of long-term diabetes control) above 7 percent experienced a significant healthy drop—by about 0.7 percentage points.
Source: American Diabetes Association 77th Scientific Sessions