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Young Diabetes Patients Using Oral Antidiabetics and Insulin at Higher Risk of Depression

Posted: Sunday, June 05, 2011

The risk of depression among patients with diabetes varies depending on age and type of diabetes according to new research.
The study investigated the risk of depression according to diabetes treatment, sex and age in the Norwegian population using data from the National Register of Prescriptions, including people being prescribed antidepressants (n = 247,119) and antidiabetics (n = 124,649) during 2006.
An inverse relationship between age and risk of receiving antidepressants for persons using oral antidiabetics and insulin and aged 30-39 years was observed. The highest risk of antidepressant treatment was found in patients receiving both oral antidiabetics and insulin at age 30-39 years. There were no major differences in risk according to sex.

Source: Diabetes In Control, Berg, L.I. et al. 164th Annu Meet Am Psychiatr Assoc (May 14-18, Honolulu) 2010, Abst NR03-28.

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