Diabetes and Depression: Those With One May Get The Other

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New research shows that there is a link between diabetes and depression. If you have diabetes you may get depressed, but if you are suffering from depression you may get diabetes.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore say some patients may need to be treated for both diabetes and depression simultaneously. That is because they found a link between the two conditions.

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Dr. Sherita Golden and a team of researchers followed 5,000 patients over a three-year period.

The researchers found that those participants who had feelings of hopelessness, poor sleep and loss of appetite, all symptoms of depression, were more likely to develop type two diabetes than those without such symptoms.

Dr. Golden says depression seems to prevent people from taking care of their health.

"People who had depression were more likely to overeat and were less physically active," Dr. Golden said.

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