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Antidepressants May Help Lower Complication And Death Risk In Diabetes Patients

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A new study found that persons with diabetes and depression who use antidepressants may be at a decreased risk of major diabetes complications and mortality.

Written by Arushi Bidhuri |Published : July 16, 2021 10:24 PM IST

Depression and anxiety are common mental disorders among adolescents. A pandemic like Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) might enhance the existing incidence of these disorders. The pandemic's devastation millions of fatalities, economic struggle, and extraordinary restrictions on social connection has already had a significant impact on people's mental health. Researchers throughout the world are looking into the origins and effects of this stress, and some are concerned that the decline in mental health may last long after the epidemic has passed. It is easy to feel helpless and despair in the middle of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

For the unversed, depression is a type of mood disorder. It is defined as grief, loss, or anger that interferes with a person's daily activities. People experience depression in a variety of ways. It may cause disruptions in your regular job, resulting in wasted time and decreased production. It can also have an impact on relationships and some chronic health issues.

Link Between Diabetes And Depression

Studies suggest that a person with diabetes is at an increased risk of developing depression. And if you are depressed, you are more likely to acquire type 2 diabetes. However, the link between diabetes and depression is not completely understood, but diabetes may cause complications and health problems that may worsen symptoms of depression. A new study has found that antidepressants might benefit individuals with depression, diabetes.

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Antidepressants Might Benefit Individuals With Depression

According to a study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that people with diabetes and depression who take antidepressants might face a lower risk of serious diabetes complications and death.

Diabetic patients are more prone to suffer from depression, which increases their risk of death or the development of diabetes complications such as heart and kidney disease, stroke, eye and foot issues. Diabetes problems are exacerbated by depression owing to stress, bodyweight fluctuations, and a lack of exercise.

The study author Shi-Heng Wang, PhD, of the China Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan found that people who have depression and diabetes have worse health outcomes than those who only have diabetes, and frequent antidepressant therapy may reduce their risk of problems. For the study, the researchers conducted a countrywide retrospective cohort analysis of 36,276 individuals with depression and diabetes to see if antidepressants may improve diabetes outcomes. They discovered that using antidepressants on a regular basis was linked to a decreased risk of mortality and heart disease.

What Are Antidepressants?

Antidepressants are medicines that can help reduce symptoms of depression, social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders, seasonal affective disorder, dysthymia, or moderate persistent depression, among other illnesses. They seek to repair chemical imbalances in the brain's neurotransmitters, which are thought to be responsible for changes in mood and behaviour.

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