Friday, May 25, 2012

Diabetes, Depression Combo Raises Risk for Dementia

Individuals with diabetes who also have depression have a greater risk of dementia than do diabetes patients who do not have concurrent depression. That was the finding of a study that surveyed a racially and ethnically stratified random sample of patients with type 2 diabetes in a large, integrated, nonprofit managed care setting in Northern California.

Patients with comorbid depression had a 100 percent increased risk of dementia during a period three to five years after the initiation of the study, according to the report “Association of Depression With Increased Risk of Dementia in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes: The Diabetes and Aging Study.” It appeared in the April Archives of General Psychiatry.

“Up to 20 percent of people with diabetes have clinically significant depression,” lead author Wayne Katon, M.D., told Psychiatric News. “This study shows that comorbid depression has an added increased risk of macro- and micro-complications and an increased risk for dementia. It speaks to the importance of providing integrated quality mental health and general health care.”
For more information about diabetes and mental illness, and about integrated psychiatric care of diabetes and other medical conditions, see Psychiatric News here and here.

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