According to an article published in Medical News Today, researchers suggest that people with diabetes have a higher risk of becoming depressed because of an interaction between high blood sugar levels and a neurotransmitter associated with depression. The team presented their findings at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago, IL.
It was originally thought that patients with type 1 or 2 diabetes had higher rates of depression because of the increased stress of managing a complicated condition. The results now indicate that high blood glucose levels may make patients with type 1 diabetes more susceptible to depression due to biological mechanisms in the brain and not just managing the disease.
The study used functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure levels of glutamate that is a neurotransmitter linked to depression. The researchers found that when blood sugar level was raised the strength of the connections between parts of the brain involved with self-perception and emotions became weaker in diabetic patients than in people without diabetes.
It’s tough enough to be having to deal with dealing with diabetes and then having to worry about depression on top of that. If you need any help with managing diabetes, I will be more than happy to help to find ways to manage the disease and overcome any other issues you may encounter along the way. Please give my office a call if you have any questions.
Dr. Shah, MD