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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Women Who Have Diabetes And Depression

I have been doing some research on women who suffer from both DIABETES and DEPRESSION and the statistics are staggering.

In 2000 a study was conducted by Frank B Hu PHD from Harvard medical school on women who suffered from diabetes, along with women who suffered from depression and women who suffered from both.

They collected data on 78,242 women who were between the ages of 54 and 79 in the year 2000 and were enrolled in the nurses study. They kept statistics for a period of 6 years during which:

  • 4654 of the women died of which 979 died of heart disease
  • Women with diabetes had a 35% risk of dying in the 6 year period
  • Women with depression had a 44% chance of dying as opposed to women with neither condition
  • Women who had both diabetes and depression as opposed to women who had neither condition
The study results published in a recent article in the Archives Of General Psychiatry indicated that women with both conditions had a 2X risk of dying.

Since having diabetes all by itself can cause depression worry over the risk of the diabetes, it is imperative that you keep close tabs on your blood glucose readings, eat right, avoid rich deserts, junk food, anything made with hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, carbonated soft drinks, and other flavored waters, fast food milk shakes, fruit smoothies loaded with sugar etc. You should also participate in some form of doctor approved exercise every day.

1/4 of all people who have diabetes also have depression which on average is 2X the depression rate of non-diabetics.

There is a lot of buzz about depression and THYROID ailments on the net. IF I were a woman and had been diagnosed with depression, I would certainly want a second opinion to have my THYROID function tested, before I let someone put me on standard depression prescription drugs with their many dangerous side effects.

HERE is a link to an article concerning thyroid issues:

LINK to Thyroid problems and Depression

I will let you read the thyroid article and will NOT added anything to it. It is information you should at the very least be aware of before going on depression type drugs.


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