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.”
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