In patients with diabetes and depression, antidepressants were found to reduce deaths by more than a third, revealed study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
People with diabetes are two to three times more likely to have depression than people without diabetes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"The incidence of major depressive disorder amongst individuals with diabetes is significantly greater than the general population," said the study's corresponding author, Vincent Chin-Hung Chen, Professor, of Chiayi Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University in Puzi, Taiwan. "Diabetes and depression each independently contribute to increasing total mortality."
"This data provides further rationale for the screening and treating of depression in persons who have diabetes," Chen said.