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Patients with diabetes, depression more likely to develop serious eye disease

November 06, 2017

"There is no question that the burden of depression among patients with diabetes is very high and that depression is a risk factor for worse outcomes in patients with diabetes, as was seen in this study," said Todd Brown, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at the division of endocrinology and metabolism at Johns Hopkins University.

He added that multiple explanations might account for these findings??”some related to biological changes and some due to behavioral social issues, such as decreased physical activity and poorer utilization of health care.

"The big question with all of this is whether identifying and treating depression in patients with diabetes will change clinical outcomes," Brown said. "And currently, there are no universal recommendations for depression screening among patients with diabetes."

Source: General Hospital Psychiatry