Depression can lead to poorer glucose management in type 2 diabetics

Type 2 diabetes can take a significant toll on a person's overall quality of life, not just their health. It is well known that the condition increases the risk of developing health complications like heart disease and nerve damage, but many people do not realize it also is linked to higher rates of depression.

Depression can be a serious mental condition for anyone, but its effects may be particularly damaging for individuals with type 2 diabetes. Experts have said that individuals with both conditions may be less likely to take care of their overall well-being or to check their blood sugar as often as they should. This increases the risk of complications dramatically.

A study recently published in the journal Diabetology found that diabetics have much higher rates of depression than the general public, and individuals with the mental disorder tend to have poorer control of their glucose levels.

The investigation analyzed a total of 70 patients being treated for type 2 diabetes. The results showed that more than 18 percent of these individuals exhibited symptoms of depression. Depressed diabetics had on average 1 percentage point higher HbA1c test scores.

The American Diabetes Association says that many individuals with type 2 diabetes develop depression simply because of the frequency with which individuals need to administer care to themselves. The condition is always near the front of a person's mind, which can lead to a significant amount of worry and stress, which are common causes of depression.

In order to avoid the disorder, individuals with type 2 diabetes may benefit from taking steps to support their mental health on a daily basis. This may include anything from meditating to getting more exercise. Regardless of the specific activity, keeping a positive attitude is a key element to effective diabetes treatment.