Link found between depression and kidney failure among diabetes patients

New research from the University of Washington and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System has found that major depressive disorder is linked to poor kidney outcomes among patients with diabetes.

The study included nearly 4000 adults with diabetes who were part of a large health maintenance organization in Washington. Information on demographics, labs, depressive symptoms and patterns of self care was collected from the participants. 

The researchers found that those patients with symptoms of major depression had an 85 percent higher risk for kidney failure.

Future research will examine whether addressing depression can lower the risk of kidney failure for patients with diabetes

The study was published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.