EASD: Studies Link Depression and Type 2 Diabetes

September 21, 2007

AMSTERDAM -- Type 2 diabetes may be linked to mental health disorders, but age and gender may be contributing factors, according to two separate studies.

AMSTERDAM, Sept. 21 -- Type 2 diabetes may be linked to mental health disorders, but age and gender may be contributing factors, according to two separate studies.

Symptoms of depression or psychological stress were associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes in men, but not in women, Swedish researchers reported.

A team from Canada said surveillance data suggest that "people with diabetes had a higher prevalence of all mental illnesses compared with people without diabetes."

In particular, they noted, the rate of affective and anxiety disorders was more than 30% higher in people with diabetes who were younger than 50 (P