Depression in Type 2 Diabetics Linked to Cognitive Decline
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –In a study of almost 3,000 individuals, researchers have found that depression in patients with type 2 diabetes was associated with greater cognitive decline.
Depression and diabetes are the most common illnesses in older primary care patients. Up to 20 percent of adult patients with type 2 diabetes meet the criteria for major depression. Also, Mark D. Sullivan, MD, PhD, of the University of Washington, Seattle, says that both depression and diabetes appear to be associated with an increased risk for dementia.
The study participants included patients from the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes-Memory in Diabetes (ACCORD-MIND) trial. Researchers used tests to gauge cognition and a questionnaire to assess depression. They found that patients with scores indicative of depression showed greater cognitive decline during the 40-month follow-up on all tests.
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SOURCE: JAMA Psychiatry, August 2013
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