Depressive Disorders Common in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

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Investigators sought to determine the prevalence of depression in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Depressive disorders and significant levels of depressive symptoms are common in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to results published in Diabetes Medicine.

The researchers suggest that clinicians should take a more comprehensive approach to diabetes management that includes mental health interventions to improve clinical outcomes.

The study included people with type 2 diabetes aged 18 to 65 years who were treated in outpatient settings across 14 different countries (n=2783). Participants underwent a psychiatric interview and completed the Patient Health Questionnaire and the Problem Areas in Diabetes scale.

Of the 2783 participants, 10.6% were diagnosed with current major depressive disorder, and 17.0% reported moderate to severe levels of depressive symptoms (Patient Health Questionnaire scores >9).

The researchers found that current major depressive disorder was significantly associated with sex (women; P <.0001), a lower level of education (P <.05), doing less exercise (P <.01), higher levels of diabetes distress (P <.0001), and a previous diagnosis of major depressive disorder (P <.0001).

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Despite the prevalence of depressive disorders and symptoms in the participants, the proportion of those who had a diagnosis or treatment for their depression was low and nonexistent, depending on the country (0%-29.6%).

“Our findings indicate that the identification and appropriate care for psychological and psychiatric problems is not the norm and suggest a lack of the comprehensive approach to diabetes management that is needed to improve clinical outcomes,” the authors concluded.

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Lloyd CE, Nouwen A, Sartorious N, et al. Prevalence and correlates of depressive disorders in people with type 2 diabetes: results from the International Prevalence and Treatment of Diabetes and Depression (INTERPRET-DD) study, a collaborative study carried out in 14 countries [published online February 25, 2018]. Diabetic Med. doi:10.1111/dme.13611