Duration of diabetes and its association with depression in later life: The Health In Men Study (HIMS).

This study compared the diagnosis of diabetes and it’s relationship to depression in men.  It was a cross-sectional study of 5462 men between the age of 70-89 years old.  The rate of these men’s depression was based on the Geriatric Depression Scale and diabetes was measured with fasting blood glucose levels.  There is a “J-shaped” curve relationship between depression and age with men with diabetes.  That means that depression increases as the men get older.  Although some other factors most likely play a pivotal role.

I was interested in this article because these disease states are treated by medications that pharmacists deal with on a daily basis.  To me, this emphasizes the importance of the pharmacist role in patient’s lives.  The better the patient’s diabetes is managed, the better their related depression might be treated.  if the diabetes is under control, the depression will not occur hopefully and therefore, there will not be a need for additional medical treatment.  The less medication needed, the better the life of the patient.

Almeida OP, McCaul K, Hankey GJ, et al.  Duration of diabetes and its association with depression in later life: The Health In Men Study (HIMS). 2016; 86: 3-9

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