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Poor glycemic control tied to symptoms of depression

September 4, 2012 in News

There has been a lot of buzz in diabetes research lately about the connection between diabetes and depression. Multiple studies have shown that people with diabetes are more likely to suffer from depression than those without diabetes; now researchers are focusing on the specifics of the connection so that they can design better treatments for those who suffer from both conditions.

One recent study looked at women with both depression and diabetes to see how variations in glycemic control can affect mood. The researchers asked a small group of women with type 2 diabetes to wear a continuous glucose monitoring system for 72 hours. During that time they also filled out a series of questionnaires to measure their levels of depression and anxiety.

The study found that the women with poor glucose control were more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and anger than those women who had good control over their blood sugar. The study will need to be replicated in a larger group, but these results do suggest that greater glycemic variability may be associated with lower quality of life and negative moods. While this connection still needs further investigation, it provides another push for the importance of careful glucose monitoring and management.

Poor glycemic control can lead to many serious complications of your diabetes, including retinopathy, neuropathy, and kidney damage. Left untreated, psychological conditions such as depression can also lead to serious and life-threatening complications. They can also make the daily steps of managing diabetes more challenging. But creating and maintaining good self-management habits can potentially help alleviate and prevent complications of both conditions at the same time.

Many of the symptoms of depression are similar to symptoms of poor diabetes control, so it is a good idea to learn to recognize them. The ADA has information on these symptoms, which include trouble concentrating, loss of interest in things you usually enjoy, loss of energy, and feelings of guilt. You can read the complete list here. If you are concerned about depression, anger, or anxiety, consider using your Diabetes Agent tool [D1] to add a the discussion to your list of questions for your next appointment.

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