Depression and Diabetes in Women Increase Heart Disease Risk

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depression heart disease riskDepression and diabetes experienced by women at least as long as six years can raise the risk of death caused by heart disease and other causes.

A study, released this month in the Archives of General Psychiatry journal, examined 78,282 women aged between 54 to 79 years old in 2000. These women are grouped in a category which experience depression when having a high index measuring depressive symptoms. While other women considered to have diabetes by questionnaire.

During the six years of research, as many as 4,654  died. 979 of them died of heart disease. Compared with other women who did not experience depression or diabetes, those who experience depression increase mortality risk by 44 percent. While women who have diabetes have a 35 percent increased risk of death. Women who have depression and diabetes will have two times higher risk of death.

“Depression is associated with a bad glycemic control (sugar), the increased risk of diabetes complications, and poor management of diabetes by patients and isolation from social networks,” said An Pan, Ph.D. from the Harvard School of Public Health Boston, according to ScienceDaily.

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