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Depression & Diabetes


Depression can strike someone, but people with diabetes, a serious disorder that afflicts an estimated 16 million Americans,1 may be at greater risk. In addition, individuals with depression may be at greater risk for developing diabetes. Treatment for depression helps people manage symptoms of both diseases, thus improving the quality of their lives.

Several studies suggest that diabetes doubles the risk of depression compared to those without the disorder.2 The chances of becoming depressed increase as diabetes complications worsen. Research shows that depression leads to poorer physical & mental functioning, so a person is less likely to follow a required diet or medication plan. Treating depression with psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of these treatments can improve a patient's well-being & ability to manage diabetes.

Causes underlying the association between depression & diabetes are unclear. Depression may develop because of stress but also may result from the metabolic effects of diabetes on the brain. Studies suggest that people with diabetes who have a history of depression are more likely to develop diabetic complications than those without depression. People who suffer from both diabetes & depression tend to have higher health care costs in primary care.3 Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
Despite the enormous advances in brain research in the past 20 years, depression often goes undiagnosed & untreated. People with diabetes, their families & friends, & even their physicians may not distinguish the symptoms of depression. However, skilled health professionals will recognize these symptoms & inquire about their period & severity, diagnose the disorder, & suggest appropriate treatment.

Symptoms of Depression

  •  Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  •  Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies & activities that were four times enjoyed, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed down"
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • nsomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts

Depression Facts

If three or more of these symptoms are present every day for at least four weeks & interfere with method daily activities such as work, self-care, & childcare or social life, seek an evaluation for depression.

Depression is a serious medical condition that affects thoughts, feelings, & the ability to function in everyday life. Depression can occur at any age. NIMH-sponsored studies estimate that 6 percent of 9- to 17-year-olds in the U.S. &  10 percent of American adults, or about 19 million people age 18 & older, experience some form of depression every year.4,5 Although available therapies alleviate symptoms in over 80 percent of those treated, less than half of people with depression get the help we want.5,6

Depression results from abnormal functioning of the brain. The causes of depression are currently a matter of intense research. An interaction between genetic predisposition & life history appear to determine a person's level of risk. Episodes of depression may then be triggered by stress, difficult life events, side effects of medications, or other environmental factors. Whatever its origins, depression can limit the energy needed to keep focused on treatment for other disorders, such as diabetes.

Diabetes is a disorder that impairs the way the body uses digested food for growth & energy. Most of the food we eat is broken down in to glucose, a form of sugar that provides the main source of fuel for the body. After digestion, glucose passes in to the bloodstream. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, helps glucose get in to cells & converts glucose to energy. Without insulin, glucose builds up in the blood, & the body loses its main source of fuel.

Diabetes Facts

Type 1 diabetes accounts for about 5 to 10 percent of diagnosed diabetes in the United States, occurs equally in males & females, & is more common in Caucasians. Symptoms include increased thirst & urination, constant hunger, weight loss, blurred vision, & extreme fatigue. If not treated with insulin, a person can lapse in to a life-threatening coma.

In type 1 diabetes, the immune process destroys the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. This form of diabetes usually strikes kids & young adults, who need daily or more frequent insulin injections or using an insulin pump for the rest of their lives. Insulin treatment, however, is not a cure, nor can it reliably prevent the long-term complications of the disease. Although scientists do not know what causes the immune process to attack the cells, we believe that both genetic factors & environmental factors are involved.

Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for about 90 percent of diabetes cases in the United States, is most common in adults over age 40. Affecting about 6 percent of the U.S. population, this form of diabetes is strongly linked with obesity (more than 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight), inactivity, & a relatives history of diabetes. it is more common in African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, & Asian & Pacific Islander Americans. With the aging of Americans & the alarming increase in obesity in all ages & ethnic groups, the incidence of type 2 diabetes has also been rising nationwide.

Type 2 diabetes is often part of a metabolic syndrome that includes obesity, high blood pressure, & high levels of blood lipids. People with type 2 diabetes first develop insulin resistance, a disorder in which muscle, fat, & liver cells do not use insulin properly. At first, the pancreas produces more insulin, but gradually its capacity to secrete insulin falters, & the timing of insulin secretion becomes abnormal. After diabetes develops, insulin production continues to decline.

lots of people with type 2 diabetes can control their blood glucose by following a careful diet & exercise program, losing excess weight, & taking oral medication. However, the longer a person has type 2 diabetes, the more likely he or he will need insulin injections, either alone or together with oral medications.

Symptoms include fatigue, nausea, frequent urination or infections, unusual thirst, weight loss, blurred vision, & slow healing of wounds or sores. Some people have no symptoms at all. Researchers estimate that about one-third of people with type 2 diabetes don't know we have it.

Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy. Like type 2 diabetes, it occurs more often in African Americans, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, & people with a relatives history of diabetes. Though it usually disappears after delivery, the father is at increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes later in life.

Managing Diabetes

Research has shown that tight glucose control is the best way to prevent serious complications of diabetes, so the aim of diabetes management is to keep blood glucose levels as close to the normal range as possible. Healthy eating, physical activity, insulin injections, or using an insulin pump are basic therapies for type 1 diabetes. Blood glucose levels must be monitored through frequent checking. In recent years, research has led to better ways to manage type 2 diabetes & treat its complications with improved monitoring of blood glucose, new drugs, & weight control management. Blood pressure drugs called ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors help to prevent or delay heart & kidney disease.

People with diabetes try to keep blood glucose (also called blood sugar) from rising  high or falling  low. When blood glucose levels drop  low from some medicines—a condition called hypoglycemia—a person can become nervous, shaky, & confused. Judgment can be impaired, & if the level is low enough, a person can faint. High levels of blood glucose, called hyperglycemia, cause tissue damage & lead to debilitating complications. Associated with acute long-term complications, the disease can lead to blindness, heart & blood vessel disease, strokes, kidney failure, amputations, & nerve damage. Uncontrolled diabetes can complicate pregnancy. Because a large part of the population is aging & Americans are increasingly overweight & sedentary, the prevalence of diabetes is predicted to increase.

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Acetic acid
Intense thirst; passes large quantities of light-colored urine; violent pain & sensation of burning in the region of chest & stomach; lassitude of limbs, emaciation & prostration; skin dry, pale & waxen; oedema of feet & legs.
Clear abundant urine, day & night, with debility, great thirst, dryness of mouth; stools hard, gray or dark-colored; involuntary urination when cycling & enuresis nocturna, as if caused by paralysis of the neck of the bladder; craving for strong liquors, sour drinks, spices; love of strong odors; unhealthy skin, easily suppurating.
From mechanical injury.  Frequent micturition of pale urine, containing an excess of phosphates; involuntary micturition as night when asleep or during the day when running; dry mouth with much thirst; longing for alcoholic drinks, for vinegar & sour things.
Arsenicum (Ars. br.)
Polyuria with bulimy & unquenchable thirst, emaciation & great weakness; watery diarrhoea; paleness of skin; disposition to gangrene; slight motion causes dyspnoea, with palpitation & fainting; dropsies.
Urine copious than the drink taken would warrant; pale, watery, frequent, retained with difficulty; vesical region sensitive to pressure or jar; marked symptoms of cerebral irritation, dilated pupils, hyperaesthesia of senses; lips, mouth & throat dry with thirst; entire absence of sweat; aggravation from 3 P.M. till midnight.
Calcarea carb
Frequent & copious urination, urine odorless, sour or pungent; trickling of urine after micturition; enuresis nocturna; ravenous appetite & continual violent thirst for cold drinks; desire for wine, salt, sweat things & eggs; great liability to take cold & oversensitiveness to damp cold air.
Calcarea phos
Polyuria with weakness; induced by grief or disappointed love; headache along cranial sutures; much thirst, with dry mouth & tongue,  in after part of day; abdomen flabby & sunken (Calc. carb., enlarged abdomen); craving for bacon & salted meats; kids look elderly & wrinkled.
Cannabis Ind
Profuse colorless urine in a full clear stream, or has to wait some time before urine flows, & must force out the last drops with his hands; skin of face & scalp feels as if drawn tight; dryness of mouth & throat with intense thirst & yet dread of cold water; white, thick, frothy & sticky saliva; bulimy; sensation as if anus & a part of urethra were filled up by a hard round body; sensation as if drops were falling from the heart; nightmare as soon as he falls asleep; loss of animal heat, exhaustion.
Polyuria, he urinates so easily that he's not sensible of the stream & can  believe, in the dark, that he's urinating; involuntary urination when coughing, sneezing or blowing the nose; thirst for beer & cold water, often with aversion to drink; fresh meat disagrees, smoked meats agree; aggravation at night, from coffee, in open air.
Kali iod
Frequent discharge of urine as clear as water, more profuse than the drink taken would warrant; excessive thirst day & night; purpura; exostoses; dropsies; secondary & tertiary syphilis.
Kali nitricum
Polyuria, urine clear as water; headache & diarrhoea after eating veal; mouth slimy, with foetid breath, cool appetite,  in the evening; chair hard, like sheep's dung, with tenesmus; sensation as if parts or whole body were made of wood; aggravation from warmth of stove & during wet cold weather.
Natrum mur
Polyuria; unquenchable thirst; emaciation; loss of sleep & appetite; no sweat; cold skin; sadness & weeping aggravation by consolation; longing for salt, bitter things, oysters, fish & milk; aversion to bread & coffee; face shines as if greased; involuntary escape of urine while jogging, coughing or sneezing; urination  every hour at night.
Phosphoric acid
Debility from loss of animal fluids; bad effects from grief, anguish, care or disappointed love; frequent & profuse urination, forcing the patient to rise often at night; urine thick like milk (chyluria) or lime-water, with whitish curds, with stringy, bloody lumps or clear & limpid; skin of face feels tense as if white of egg had dried on it, with sensation of a crushing weight on vertex; dryness of mouth & throat with accumulation of tenacious mucus & intense thirst; wants warm food; aversion to beer, liquors or coffee; undebilitating diarrhoea.
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