Type 2 diabetes and depression may come hand in hand

Some individuals who have type 2 diabetes are often told that they should seek regular screening for depression, since diabetes management may weigh heavily on one's mind and take a toll on a person's mental well-being.

Unlike people with type 1 diabetes who may have become accustomed to a diabetic lifestyle early in life, those who develop type 2 diabetes in adulthood sometimes become overwhelmed by the changes they must make to their daily lives in order to properly manage the condition.

However, a recent article published by Internal Medicine News indicated that not only do people with type 2 diabetes have to keep an eye out for symptoms of depression, but those who have depression should have their blood glucose levels monitored on a regular basis.

According to the news provider, these recommendations were spurred by studies that showed individuals with depression are more likely to lead sedentary lifestyles, smoke cigarettes and become obese, each of which may lead to decreased insulin sensitivity, increased inflammatory markers and high cortisol levels - classic risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Therefore, the news source reported that a growing number of psychiatric healthcare providers are conducting simple medical tests, such as blood pressure measurements, in order to ensure that their patients are in good shape mentally and physically.

"Some of our psychiatric education will be pushing residents to keep up their medical skills to do monitoring. If we only train psychiatrists to do blood pressure monitoring alone, it would make a big difference," said Dr. Katon, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Exercise may help improve symptoms of both type 2 diabetes and depression. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise is key to diabetes management, and also stimulates the production of "feel-good" brain chemicals, such as neurotransmitters and endorphins.

Updated on: August 8, 2017
Updated on: August 8, 2017