Depression is one of the most common mental disorders among diabetics. It has many downsides for the patient's health. Primarily, it lessens the inspiration to manage diabetic condition well. The outcomes of this can range from affecting patient’s ability to control blood sugar levels, to improper medication, dietary, exercising and overall lifestyle management.
It has been indicated that those who suffer with both diabetes and depression tend to have poor metabolic and glycemic regulation. Additionally, anti-depressants may have hypoglycaemic effects which can aggravate the condition. In the long run, depression may result into unthought-of complications of diabetes.
On the other hand, resolving one’s depression in time may enhance an individual’s glycemic control and improve his quality of life and mood.
The unfortunate fact about depression is that it often goes undetected and untreated, among the diabetic community. Lack of motivation, pessimism, loss of interest in activities enjoyed previously, lack of concentration, general negativity, nervousness, anxiety, feeling of seclusion, loss of appetite or binging, insomnia or oversleeping, lethargy, suicidal thoughts etc. are some of its identifiable signs.
If these symptoms persist for longer than two weeks, immediate medical treatment is advisable for the diabetic patient.