Mumbai: Every fourth diabetic is depressed, say doctors

Mumbai: In a study conducted by the Gadge Diabetic Centre it has been revealed that every fourth diabetic citizen in Mumbai is taking antidepressant medication for reducing anxiety and depression. According to doctors, a survey was conducted on more than 200 people in suburban Mumbai, who are diabetic. The doctors also said that depression could have a serious impact on a person’s well-being and could motivate a person to self-manage their condition.

Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder that also factors in people suffering from diabetes. As per the report, 28.5 per cent of diabetic patients are suffering from depression.

“People with diabetes suffering from depression are at a greater risk of suffering from an episode of diabetic burnout which collectively can have an adverse effect on physical health and potentially instigate more long-term complications. This could do with diabetes or could be independent from the condition,” said a senior doctor from Kings Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital.

According to the reports from the International Diabetes Federation for the year 2015, 69.1 million people in India are suffering from diabetes. “The number of diabetes patients is drastically increasing in India. But, there is also a rise in the number of people, who are taking anti-depression medicines to overcome their anxiety,” said Dr. Pradeep Gadge, diabetologist.

He further stated that among females, the young are more prone to anxiety, while males above the age of 60 are relying more on anti-depression medicine. “Most of the women are so busy in managing their work and family that they fail to live a social life due to which they become depressed which leads to anxiety. Avoiding unpleasantness and minimizing their discomfort can cause symptoms of depression,” added Dr. Gadge.

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