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Combined Success in Diabetes and Depression Treatment

Mon, 23 Jan 2012

Type 2 diabetics with depression are more likely to improve when they receive combined treatment for both conditions, according to a 12 week study of 180 type 2 diabetics .

61 per cent of those who received integrated care along with a short programme to assist them with their medical regimes saw an improvement in their blood sugar levels, with 51 per cent seeing a reduction in their depression symptoms.

Among patients who get the usual primary care for type 2 and depression, over a third had improved blood sugar test results and around 31 per cent experienced a drop in depression symptoms, stated the researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania.

Depression and diabetes are related, the researchers stated. Depression is a risk factor for diabetes, and diabetes can increase the likelihood of depression. Depression is usual in diabetics and is a contributory factor for poor adherence to diabetes medication regimes, which can cause poorer diabetes management .
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