Depression’s Relationship with Diabetes

New research is shedding light on a relationship between Diabetes and depression. While both were thought to exist separately for years, researchers are now finding a connection between the two diseases. Having one disease increases the risk for the other. For some, this relationship may seem natural. After all, being Diabetic can be burdensome for some, and there are a lot of worries associated with it.

This risk is especially real for women who have depression. Studies have shown that women suffering from depression are more likely to develop Diabetes. Treating depression helps to manage diabetic risks and symptoms.

In the studies, it was found that women with Diabetes were 29% more likely to develop depression, and women who are taking insulin are 53% more likely to develop the disease. Likewise, it was found that women taking anti-depressants were more 25% more likely to develop Diabetes.

The Common Link

While lack of exercise or poor eating habits associated with depression may seem like a logical link between the two diseases, it is not a typical factor that leads one to the other. Instead, the common denominator is stress.

When you are depressed, your body will increase the production of stress hormones, mainly cortisol. This hormone increases the chances that the body will stop using insulin correctly. It interferes with the process where muscles use blood sugar to produce energy. Other side effects of increased cortisol include accumulated belly fat and insulin resistance. This type of stress causes the body to react with inflammation.

Similarly, managing diabetes causes stress. Even though it may not be the same type of stress, the hassle of managing the disease and the worry over it worsening can be stressful for many, especially those who have been recently diagnosed.

Managing Stress

Since stress is a common factor for both diseases, it is best to look at ways to manage your stress levels. If possible, eliminate as many stressful situations as you can. This idea is easier said than done, but in cases where you can remove yourself from the situation, do so. Other ways you can manage stress include:

  • Taking a Long Walk

  • Yoga or Meditation

  • Exercise

  • Jogging

  • Aromatherapy

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Music

  • Art/ Painting

  • Massage

  • Taking a Long Bath

  • Laughing (watch a funny movie, read a comic, chat with a friend

You may also find other activities allow you to relax and unwind from stress. Be careful to make sure that anything you do doesn’t hamper managing your Diabetes.

Managing diabetes can be a complicated process, and even more so when combined with depression. Help yourself avoid pitfalls that could damage yourself even more. Call today to make an appointment to speak to us. We can help you find ways to relieve stress and manage or reverse your Type 2 Diabetes.

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