Depression and diabetes

by Mark Benson on May 18, 2013

Depression and diabetes

Depression and diabetes

If you study diabetes in detail you might begin to wonder which medical conditions are not connected to diabetes! It seems that a whole array of different medical and mental health issues are in some shape or form connected to diabetes and it can be difficult to know where to start. However, one issue which is mentioned time and time again as being linked, directly and indirectly, to diabetes is depression.

Depression is an illness which many people around the world will suffer at some stage of their life and while some will ask for assistance, others will suffer in silence. However, there seems to be a connection between those who have depression and those who develop diabetes in the future.

Asking for help

Those who have been diagnosed with diabetes would probably have felt a dagger through their heart when they were informed of the condition, began to wonder about the future and panic about how they would cope. This is a human reaction to a potentially difficult situation and unless you ask the questions on your mind, ask your friends for help it can and has for many led to severe bouts of depression.

Historically many people have labelled those with depression as “weak” but the reality is that it can be harder to ask for help and have the label of depression attached to you than suffer in silence.

Quote from : “It’s a two-way street. Research suggests that if you have diabetes, you’re more likely to suffer from depression.”

How can depression bring on diabetes?

It is easy to sit back and look at the situation regarding diabetes and depression and relatively simple to understand why somebody diagnosed with diabetes may well suffer from depression. However, it is perhaps a little more difficult to understand how depression could in any shape or form bring on diabetes in the future?

Depression is simply an imbalance of chemicals in the brain which can be resolved using medication and brought under control. This is fact, we have seen reports, studies and research notes which backup this very simple diagnosis and in theory very simple cure. The connection between depression and diabetes is perhaps a little more difficult to understand from a distance but if you take a moment to think about it then perhaps it is not that difficult?

Depression, lack of exercise and overeating

Two of the major elements connected with depression are a lack of exercise, with many depressed people hardly leaving their home, and comfort eating which can lead to obesity. Obesity and a lack of exercise are two very strong components which can help to encourage the development of diabetes and as such we have the connection between diabetes and depression.

Mental health illnesses have historically been looked at as a “weakness” especially within the male fraternity when in reality the vast majority of us will at some stage of our lives suffer from the condition. It is how we react and the advice which we seek that will determine how big an impact depression has on our lives and whether indeed it could lead to other medical conditions such as diabetes in the future.


The link between diabetes and depression goes both ways and as we have highlighted above, depression is on the whole an illness which can be cured with medication. In simple terms it is an imbalance of chemicals within the brain which impact mood swings, anxiety and ultimately your state of mind. There are many different medical conditions which are directly or indirectly related to diabetes and therefore it is most certainly better to be forewarned and to be forearmed.

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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