Depression in diabetics: It’s all about inflammation

We’ve known for a long time that people with Type I diabetes are at increased risk for depression. Scientists are now closer to figuring out why.

Diabetes (types I and II) and depression have all been linked to  inflammation. A new study shows a more specific association: Diabetics suffering from depression have significantly higher levels of inflammatory protein Galectin-3 than do their non-depressed counterparts.

Inflammation is a sign of a body’s immune system gearing up to repair tissue damage in response to injury or disease. Too much inflammation, though, is associated with a lot of problems, including depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and cardiovascular disease.

Researchers hope this new info about Galectin-3 will lead to better ways to target depression and diabetes. In the meantime, fight inflammation with better diet, regular exercisemeditation, and healthy sleep habits.

And if you or a loved one have diabetes, be on the lookout for symptoms of depression and get the help you need!

Satu Woodland is owner and clinician of Mental Health Solutions, an integrative mental health practice located at Bown Crossing in Boise, Idaho. If you would like to discuss the information in this blog further with her, please call 208-918-0958. She sees adolescents and adults. Information in this blog is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your health care provider about decisions regarding your health.

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