A new study has found that people with Type I diabetes who also suffer from depression have greater difficulty managing their disease than people who are not depressed. Depressed patients were more likely to miss insulin doses, exercised less frequently and did not check their blood glucose levels as often. Consequently, they had poorer clinical outcomes.
The lead author of the study, Paula Trief, Ph.D., said in a press release on the study: “Our findings strongly suggest that better identification and treatment of depression is needed for people with type 1.”
The research will be published in the June issue of Diabetes Care.