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"Sugar Blues"


Of course the great old book "Sugar Blues" (by actress Gloria Swanson's husband) let us know that Sugar can bend our brain. Now a new study shows that "depression" can be undiagnosed Diabetes Mellitus:

Is Depression Related to Subsequent Diabetes Mellitus?

Akker M, Schuurman A, Metsemakers J, Buntinx F.

Department of General Practice, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Objective: To compare the risk of developing diabetes mellitus (DM) in the general population between subjects who had a Depression and subjects who never had a depression.

Method: Retrospective cohort design. People with Depression were diagnosed with a depression between 1975 and 1990; controls never had a depression. Both groups were followed for a diagnosis of type II diabetes until 2000. Data on 1334 depressed and 66 670 non-depressed subjects were available from a large general practice-based database.

Results: No overall relation was found, but among males below age 50 there was a 78% increase in the rate of development of DM compared with non-depressed patients (hazard ratio 1.78, 95% CI: 1.21-2.62). Conclusion: Depression in males between the age of 20 and 50 years is related to an increased risk of developing DM.


 

 
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