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Diabetes and Depression: How Are They Related and What Can You Do?

People with chronic physical illnesses are more inclined to suffer from depression. Research suggests that nearly one-third of people who suffer from these illnesses also have depression symptoms. This includes people with diabetes. Some studies suggest that they are actually 3-4 times more likely than the general population to suffer from depression.

It has been widely known that a correlation between diabetes and depression exists, but new theories suggest that it might not be as simple as depression being a symptom of diabetes. Depression might actually be a risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes.


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Let’s take a look at some of the signs and symptoms of depression, how it correlates to diabetes, and what you can do to manage depression and diabetes simultaneously.


Symptoms of Depression

  • Change in appetite– binge eating or appetite loss
  • Consistently feeling nervous, sad, anxious, alone, isolated, or hopeless
  • Decreased energy/feeling lethargic
  • Feelings of being a failure
  • Difficulty concentrating and/or remembering things
  • Change in sleep patterns– sleeping all day or an inability to sleep
  • Sadness that is worse in the morning than later in the day
  • Loss of interest in things you previously enjoyed
  • Suicidal thoughts

Next, learn about the link between diabetes and depression.


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L.D. and her ten-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved to Seattle two years ago from Tucson, Arizona. They chose Seattle because they heard that's where they kept all the good coffee - plus Ella learned about grass. L. De Mello likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.