Is There a Relationship Between Type 2 Diabetes and Depression?

Research has shown people who have stress and psychological strain, or suffer any mental condition with depression as a symptom, have high blood sugar levels as a result of the way different hormones respond to stress. Therefore, a person who suffers with depression has a high possibility of developing type 2 diabetes.

Although for years it was thought depression was a complication of type 2 diabetes, studies are now showing stress and depression are also a cause.

A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) conducted by Dr. Sherita Hill Golden in 2008, on the association between depressive symptoms and type 2 diabetes, revealed:


  • there is a modest relationship between depressive symptoms and type 2 diabetes
  • there was no link with depression and untreated high blood sugar levels and undiagnosed type 2 diabetes

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