Depression can heighten the risk of developing type 2 diabetes as the mental illness also increases the likelihood ofand failing to take enough exercise, a study carried out by the German Diabetes Association (DDG) has shown, reports DPA.
It is recommended that those suffering from depression undergo tests for the disease as they are 11 times more likely to suffer vascular complications than people battling diabetes alone. The risk of damage to arteries, which could lead to a , is between two and five times as high.
According to the DDG, not only are people with depression at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, those with diabetes are also at increased risk of developing depression.
Complications that can result from improperly managed type 2 diabetes include renal failure, blindness and arterial disease, including coronary artery disease. The DDG recommends that suffering from depression undergo psychological treatment.