Kind of Depressed? You May Be Among the Sixty-six Percent of Type 2s Who Are, and It’s Probably Affecting Your Self-Care

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By: Linda von Wartburg

A recent study about the interplay between diabetes self-care and depressionsurveyed 879 patients with type 2. Nearly a fifth had probable major depression,and a shocking 66.5 percent reported at least some depressive symptoms.

Only14.2 percent claimed to be free of depressive symptoms.

The researchers found that the patients with major depression were significantlymore likely to miss their medications and to drop the ball with regard to diet,exercise, and self-monitoring regimens. But they weren't the only ones. Amongthe two-thirds who just had some depressive symptoms, self-care deterioratedincrementally as depressive symptoms mounted.

The study suggests that even low levels of depression can hammer your abilityto manage self-care routines. So if you're feeling low, perhaps with feelings ofdiminished interest, fatigue, poor concentration, or hopelessness, seek help. Itcould significantly improve your ability to manage your healthcare duties.

Sources: Medline Plus; Diabetes Care, September 2007

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