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women with both diabetes and depression at higher risk of dying of heart disease

Posted Jan 08 2011 1:29pm

During six years of follow-up, 4,654 of the women died, including 979 who died from cardiovascular disease. Compared with women who did not have either condition, those with depression had a 44 percent increased risk of death, those with diabetes had a 35 percent increased risk of death and those with both conditions had approximately twice the risk of death.

When considering only deaths from cardiovascular disease, women with diabetes had a 67 percent increased risk, women with depression had a 37 percent increased risk and women with both had a 2.7-fold increased risk.

Is this really a surprise? Both depression and diabetes take tremendous energy to manage, both strip your energy. Depression goes hand in glove with diabetes but it also makes it harder to care about taking care of yourself.

“Considering the size of the population that could be affected by these two prevalent disorders, further consideration is required to design strategies aimed to provide adequate psychological management and support among those with longstanding chronic conditions, such as diabetes,” the authors conclude.

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