Diabetes and Depression

Diabetics have an increased risk of developing depression. Interestingly, if you have depression, you have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It is like a vicious cycle.

And though the link between diabetes and depression is still unclear, doctors know for a fact that the rigidity of handling diabetes can be stressful and can lead to depression symptoms.

Diabetes can cause complications and other health problems such as diabetic neuropathy that may aggravate depression symptoms.

Depression on the other hand, can lead to poor lifestyle choices like less physical activity, unhealthy eating (which can lead to weight gain), and smoking – all of which contribute to your risks of diabetes.

Depression also affects your ability to think clearly, communicate, and perform tasks. This can interfere with your ability to manage your disease properly.

Diabetes and depression treatment

Fortunately, diabetes and depression can be treated simultaneously. Medications and lifestyle improvements can alleviate both conditions.

If you are diabetic, watch out for depression symptoms which include:

  • Loss of interest in normal daily activities
  • Feeling sad, down or hopeless
  • Problems sleeping
  • Trouble focusing or concentrating
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Unintentional weight gain or loss
  • Feeling fatigued or weak
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicidal behavior
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

Source: MayoClinic