Diabetes and Depression Can be a Two-Way Street

Diabetes and depression can fuel each other in a vicious cycle, according to new research.

The study found both that people who were depressed had a much higher risk of developing diabetes, and that people with diabetes had a significantly higher risk of depression.

Business Week reports:

“In the United States, about 10 percent of the population has diabetes and 6.7 percent of people over the age of 18 experience clinical depression every year ... Symptoms of clinical depression include anxiety, feelings of hopelessness or guilt, sleeping or eating too much or too little, and loss of interest in life, people and activities. Diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar and an inability to produce insulin. Symptoms include frequent urination, unusual thirst, blurred vision and numbness in the hands or feet.”

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