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The dance of diabetes and depression: Why you should learn the steps

June 8, 2012

Type 2 diabetes and depression have some things in common. They share the risk factors of obesity, inactivity, family history, blood pressure problems, and coronary artery disease. Some signs of very high or low blood sugar are also depressive symptoms, such as anxiety, fatigue, irritability and restlessness.

The constant monitoring of an illness such as diabetes can be depressing, and having depression might cause a person to eat too much, not enough, or to down too many sugary comfort foods. In light of this, some experts recommend treating the two illnesses at the same time.

At the very least, anyone diagnosed with depression or diabetes would do well to be screened for the other. This is true for people with bipolar disorder as well, as the symptoms of bipolar include depression.

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