The results of a new study confirm that people with diabetes are prone to depression. The findings also show that depression significantly increases the likelihood that people with diabetes will die over a 10-year period.

One researcher put it this way, “”physical health and mental health are interrelated and each impacts the other, and physical well-being cannot be improved if psychological problems have not been solved.”

The prevalence of depression was higher in the diabetic than in the non-diabetic group (26 percent vs 16 percent). After taking account of social, demographic, lifestyle, and health-status factors, the investigators found that diabetics with depression had a 54 percent greater mortality rate than those without depression.

A quick review by this news:

I’ve been type 1 for 26 years. I’ve also seen a lot of dark days. If you think it is diabetes bringing you down, please know that you can survive and even thrive. Take care of yourself but don’t dwell on (y)our condition. I don’t know if the times I have been down were my environment or some other condition. I’m still trying to figure that out. But I do know it’s crucial to keep a positive mental attitude (yeah, I know. Easier said than done) It’s about as important as medication. If you can’t figure out what is bringing you down, get help. You’ll be happy you did, and your diabetes will seem more manageable. I didn’t mean to sound preachy but I could relate. You’ll do well.