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is there a connection between untreated type 2 diabetes and depression?

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Dr. Chris Hayes
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Any chronic disease which makes you feel bad physically can influence your mood, and once you are depressed it is very difficult to get motivated to make the lifestyle changes necessary to effectively treat a disease like type 2 diabetes. So being depressed can make diabetes worse and having diabetes can trigger depression. I would recommend aggressively treating both if both are present.
Answered on Sep 22, 2016
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Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Certainly: There is an increased incidence of depression in diabetes (treated or not treated). See the ADA website: www.diabetes.org
Answered on Sep 29, 2016

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