Healthy Moments Episode

Diabetes and Depression

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May 5, 2014 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers talks about the link between diabetes and depression and explains why treating both diseases is important for good health.


If you have diabetes, did you know you’re at a higher risk for depression?

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

In the U.S., people with diabetes are twice as likely to have depression. Researchers believe that the link between diabetes and depression may be related to the stress of managing diabetes. Researchers are also looking at the effects of diabetes on the body and the brain.

If you or someone you know with diabetes shows signs of depression, such as often feeling sad or hopeless, talk with your doctor.

Treating depression can help people with diabetes better control their blood sugar. Managing both conditions is important for good health.

While recovery from depression takes time, there are many treatments available. Talk to your doctor about the best treatment for you.

To learn more, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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