Diabetes Health in the News Podcast: Improved Depression Improves Diabetes Self Management

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A new study has shown that when people with diabetes and depression are prescribed medication for their mental health disorder, they are better able to manage their diabetes. This study was completed by researchers at Saint Louis University School of Medicine who reviewed 1, 400 electronic medical records for people with type 2 diabetes.

Of the group studied, 225 people were being treated for depression, and 40 participants had received a depression diagnosis but were not taking medication for the disease. Researchers found that about 51% of people who were being treated for their depression with medication had their blood sugar well under control. Conversely, only about 35% of the participants with depression that were not being treated had blood sugars well under control.

These findings were published in Family Practice on January 7, 2016.

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