There are many diabetic patients who are also depressed. And this state may complicate their efforts at managing their diabetes. But, better treatment of their depression seems to have no effect on how they deal with their diabetes! Diabetics are roughly twice as likely as the general population to have depression, Dr. Elizabeth H. B. Lin and her associates pointed this out in their report in the Annals of Family Medicine. Patients, victims of both the disorders tend to have worse blood sugar control, more severe symptoms and complications due to diabetes, and to use health care resources at a higher rate.
Here is a better remedy for patients suffering from depression. Campaigners say that they should be offered exercise on prescription rather than drugs. General Physians should be offering all patients with depression, a program of exercise to help combat their symptoms. These findings are made on the lines of the growing concern about side effects and over prescribing of antidepressants in the UK. New guidelines now state that antidepressants should not be used as a first line treatment for mild depression. It is because the majority of the drugs are also now not recommended for under 18s. It is due to possible side effects including the increased risk of suicide. A poll of 200 GPs found that only five per cent used exercise as one of their three most common treatment responses to depression. The awareness thus, should begin from the GPs themselves.
A newborn’s risk of exhibiting drug withdrawal symptoms and respiratory abnormalities appears to increase with prenatal exposure to certain antidepressants, according to two new studies. Before prescribing this type of medication to pregnant women, the doctors are urged by researchers to carefully consider these findings. The risk of a respiratory disorder in pregnant women is increased by the use of SSRI antidepressants. The respiratory disorder includes persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) in the newborn by 600%. This was the finding of a new retrospective study, and it included 377 women whose infants had the disorder.
Depression is not all about being in onea’s head. It of course affects more than the mind, having significant physical symptoms. As listed in Red Flags to Depression, Physical Changes here are a group of symptoms of depression. Unexplained Aches and Pains Weight Loss or Gain Decreased or Increased Appetite Psychomotor Agitation or Retardation Regular tasks such as brushing teeth or eating may be performed in an unusually slow and/or deliberate manner.
Depressive symptoms and subsequent cognitive decline in older adults do not seem to be associated with each other. The findings of a study conducted by researchers in Pennsylvania say this. It was over a 12-year period, Dr. Mary Ganguli of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medical and colleagues examined the association between the two. Depressive symptoms and subsequent cognitive decline in 1265 nondemented adults 67 years of age or older are what he took into consideration.
Cognitive decline that is linked with age may get accelerated by depression Researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco reported this. That depressed seniors are more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment within six years than those who are depression-free, is found by them. The more severe the depression, the greater the risk of the mental decline — this study appears in the March issue of the journal Archives of General Psychiatry. The researchers found that close to 20 percent of those with moderate to high depression at the start of the study had developed cognitive impairment after six years, compared to just over 13 percent of those who had mild depressive symptoms and 10 percent of those who had no symptoms of depression.