Research Report News Podcast: Older Diabetes Patients at Greater Risk for Depression

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A Japanese study recently found that older patients living with type 1 diabetes have a greater risk of suffering from diabetes complications. This research was conducted at the Diabetes Centre at the Tokyo Women’s Medical University, and it outlined that older diabetic adults with neuropathy and retinopathy were more likely to report moderate or severe depression.

According to the study, the more severe the symptoms were, the greater the tendency for diabetic complications. Additionally, people with diabetes are 2-3 times more likely to experience depression than individuals without diabetes. When depression is left untreated, it is consistently linked to high blood glucose levels. This information provides evidence for the importance of appropriate mental health support when treating diabetes.

These findings were published in the Journal of Diabetes Complications in February 2016.

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