Taking Depression Seriously in Diabetes

Take depression seriously in diabetes

Numerous studies have found that people with diabetes have an increased risk of developing depression. Depression can endanger type II diabetes therapy, as the association "diabetesDE" announced during the "World Mental Health Day".

Anyone who feels depressed or signs of ongoing sadness should not be afraid to consult a doctor or therapist. Otherwise, the blood sugar levels could worsen significantly without there being a comprehensible explanation for it.

In the case of depression, the treatment should also be adjusted to the diabetes disease. Some medicines for depression can lead to weight gain and lipid metabolism disorders, for example. The diabetes therapy could be negatively influenced by the medication. Here the doctor and patient should work together to find out which therapies are suitable.

In depression, the cortisol level in the blood also rises due to stress. When the hormone level rises, insulin resistance is promoted, for which cortisol is responsible. Sugar can then no longer be stored in sufficient quantities in the body cells from the blood. In addition, depressed people suffer from a lack of exercise, which in turn significantly favors the metabolic disease.

But how do those affected recognize depression? With depression, those affected complain of chronic fatigue and exhaustion, sleep problems, inner emptiness, difficulty concentrating, feelings of guilt, feelings of inferiority and ongoing sadness. These symptoms can vary from person to person. (sb, 10/08/2010)

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