For Women Diabetes and Depression can be a Deadly Combination
Diabetes and depression do not go well together and this is especially true for women. Women who have both diabetes and depression have a greater risk of dying from yet a third condition - heart disease.
Diabetes & Depression
Researcher Dr. Frank B. Hu, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School says that having both diabetes and depression can lead to a vicious cycle. Many times the depression comes after the diagnoses of diabetes. Other times the women have the depression before the diabetes regardless of which came first both conditions can cause physical and mental anguish, which increase the risk of heat disease.
The study focused and followed 78,282 women ages 54 to 79 for a six year period. At the end of the six-year period of the 78,282 women 4,654 of them died 979 of the women died from cardiovascular disease (heart disease.)
Many of these women had sedentary lifestyles where exercise was completely absent. Not only is exercise good for a person’s overall health it has been shown to help improve management of diabetes and depression.