How are diabetes and depression related?

Studies have shown that people with diabetes have a greater risk of developing depression than others, according to the American Diabetes AssociationOff Site Icon (ADA). While there is no definite answer yet as to how exactly diabetes and depression are linked, research suggests that it is possible for diabetes to increase the risk of depression and also for depression to increase the risk for diabetes, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

According to the NIH, the issues can affect each other by:

  • Adding stress to the daily life with the task of managing diabetes
  • Ignoring your medication plan
  • Increased fatigue
  • Reducing overall mental health
  • Reducing overall physical health

In the U.S., people with diabetes are twice as likely as people without diabetes to have depression, according to the NIH. Also, people with depression have more severe symptoms of diabetes than people who have diabetes without depression.

Talk to your doctor for more information about how diabetes and depression are related.

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