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What Is The Link Between Diabetes And Depression? Exploring The Relationship

As we know diabetes is a lifestyle disease that occurs due to many factors. It is a condition where the human body is incapable of ...

by Kendra Reed

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As we know diabetes is a lifestyle disease that occurs due to many factors. It is a condition where the human body is incapable of producing enough insulin and as a result, blood sugar levels rise paving the way for serious health hazards. The recent studies conducted on this score have found unhealthy eating habits, and alcohol addiction to be leading contributors to diabetes.

However, depression has also found entry into the list lately as health experts have found a correlation between the two. We will learn more about their connection in the incoming sections, but before that, we must focus on depression. 

What Is Depression?

Depression is a mental state where one feels sad and lonely, and loses interest in doing normal activities. There can be many factors behind this including upsetting relationships, financial problems, or bereavement.

The most common symptoms of this problem seem to be feelings of hopelessness or pessimism. A depressed individual may show feelings of irritability and frustration on minor issues and lose temper very easily. See below for other common symptoms of depression.

  • Feelings of emptiness
  • Low energy levels
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Unintended weight loss or weight gain
  • Lack of mental focus
  • Feelings of worthlessness 

Harmful Effects Of Depression

If depression is left untreated it can often lead to major health problems. It is not rare that a depressed person develops mental problems and shows suicidal tendencies. Depression can lead to health conditions such as insomnia, headaches, and fatigue.

It can cause instability in blood pressure and can cause heart problems in the future. Chronic depression can also lead to autoimmune disorders and lead to arthritis and type 2 diabetes.

Link Between Diabetes And Depression

The Link Between Diabetes And Depression

The core of our discussion is the link between diabetes and depression. It has been found that if a person has diabetes, there are high chances of that person developing depression and vice versa. It is important to study the relationship between the two to have a better understanding. See below for more information. 

  • Diabetes, at times, is very hard to manage and this can lead to sadness and anxiety. If this issue is not addressed well, it can lead to depression within a short while.
  • Depression can make people alcoholic and careless in conducting themselves appropriately. These individuals are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes owing to their unhealthy lifestyles.
  • Diabetes can lead to the development of other severe diseases making it difficult to cope with and soon the victims get themselves embroiled in depression.
  • Depression can often make the person less keen on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Due to the lack of an unhealthy diet and proper exercise, they can develop diabetes shortly.

How To Manage Both Conditions Simultaneously?

For many, managing both depression and diabetes is an uphill task. However, the reality is that it is quite achievable and only takes dedication to work. We have listed below some tried and tested methods that have to be followed in one’s daily life to accomplish it. Check out the following.

Medications and lifestyle modifications: Taking prescribed medicines on time for both conditions can significantly reduce the harmful effects of both conditions. It will help to successfully evade depression and maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

Cognitive behavioral therapy: Cognitive behavioral therapy is a treatment most often prescribed for chronic depression. It will help the person to change patterns of thinking and embrace positivity in their outlook which can lead to reduced symptoms of depression.

Diabetes management programs: Diabetes management programs are designed by experts to help people improve their fitness levels and keep body weight under control. Apart from helping to manage blood sugar levels, it also helps to elevate the person’s quality of life.

Collective treatment: In many instances, it has been seen that instead of treating the conditions individually, a collective treatment plan for both diabetes and depression works effectively. Those who want sustainable results can always opt for such a treatment plan currently available in many healthcare institutions.


In the preceding sections, we had a chance to talk about depression and its harmful effects on health. We then went on to see the mutual connection between diabetes and depression and how both conditions are intertwined. Possible ways to manage both conditions also came up for discussion. It is indeed, reassuring how modern medical science has evolved itself in treating such conditions in the most effective manner that cannot be thought of early.

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