Treating depression may help people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes manage their health

Spending multiple hours planning meals, exercising and monitoring blood sugar levels for diabetes management may eventually take its toll on individuals who suffer from type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes.

Many diabetics develop depression, which can distract them from focusing on their health and have a negative effect on their quality of life. However, a recent article published by Health News Digest indicates that addressing and treating symptoms of depression in diabetes patients may help improve both their mental and physical well-being.

The researchers found that an intervention in which people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes participated in regular telephone discussions with trained nurses, and a walking program, helped them reduce their levels of depression and lower their blood pressure.

The news provider explained that the nurses used methods of cognitive behavioral therapy in order to help the participants identify the negative thought processes that contribute to depression and thwart the positive effects of healthy diabetes management.

“Unfortunately, most busy clinics cannot provide the level of intensive care [diabetes] patients need. This study shows that telephone-delivered counseling can improve patients’ access to effective depression care, improve their cardiovascular health and get them moving again," said lead investigator John Piette, quoted by the news source.

The news organization noted that by the end of the year-long study period, a total of 58 percent of diabetes patients who received the intervention were in remission from depression, compared to 39 percent of those who were not involved in the counseling and exercise programs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals who have diabetes are two times more likely than people without insulin resistance to develop depression. Moreover, either one of these conditions can exacerbate the negative effects of the other.

Diabetics who experience chronic low mood may consider speaking to their healthcare providers about cognitive behavioral therapy.