Current Psychiatry Reports

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 26–30 | Cite as

Diabetes and Depression

  • Antonio Campayo
  • Carlos H. Gómez-Biel
  • Antonio Lobo
Article

Abstract

In a context of the potentially epidemic nature of both diabetes mellitus and depression, and the negative effects reported in cases of comorbidity, this review suggests that the association of the two conditions is multifaceted. Increased risks of prevalent depression and incident depression among diabetic patients have been reported in community studies. Even more consistent is the finding supporting psychosomatic hypotheses regarding the increased risk of diabetes among depressed patients. A recent relevant finding is the increased risk of diabetes reported in depression that is commonly found in the community, namely nonsevere, persistent, untreated depression. In view of the negative implications of the comorbidity of depression and diabetes, the suggestion that all clinically relevant cases of depression found in the community should be treated seems logical. However, new studies seem mandatory to document the efficacy of treatment of depression and the safety of antidepressant use in cases of comorbidity.

Keywords

Mood disorders Diabetes mellitus Metabolic syndrome Neuroendocrinology Liaison psychiatry 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Campayo
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Carlos H. Gómez-Biel
    • 1
  • Antonio Lobo
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Hospital Clínico UniversitarioServicio de Psiquiatría (3ª Planta)ZaragozaSpain
  2. 2.Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental (CIBERsam)Ministry of Science and InnovationMadridSpain
  3. 3.Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud (I+CS)ZaragozaSpain

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