Diabetes is one of the most widespread pathological scourges of the 21st century. A scientific study published on Diabetology and relayed by The Times focused on patients with type 2 diabetes, a condition that causes serious depression, especially in patients under 40 years of age.
A worrying increase in psychological disorders linked to diabetes
More and more people below forty suffer from Type 2 diabetes. Also called “diabetes of age”, this dysfunction of the insulin activity of the pancreas creates chronic hyperglycemia. In addition, it normally appears around the age of 58 among the British and 60 among North Americans (according to the latest estimates).
The search therefore focused on 230,923 adults in the UK and 1.1 million US residents via their electronic records. The results reveal an alarming reality: between 2006 and 2017, the rate of people affected by type 2 diabetes presenting with depressive disorders is passed from 29% to 43% among the British, and 22% to 29% in the USA.
“Our results clearly show mental health implications the development of type 2 diabetes at a young age and the importance of efforts to prevent diabetes at the beginning of life“says Professor Sanjoy Paul of the University of Melbourne (Australia), main author of the work. “Proactive management of coexisting depression through rapid screening, early diagnosis and drug treatment may improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes, delay the onset of complications and ultimately reduce healthcare costs“.
The contemporary era called into question
In addition, specialists have noticed that this pathology is manifesting itself more and more. among young people. The triggers come from geneticof the environment and way of life. Consequently, the lack of sports practice, increasing obesity, food that is too salty, too sweet, too rich in lipids as well as smoking are all modern factors that contribute to the failure of the organ responsible for carbohydrate transfer between the blood and muscles.
Depression stemming from daily burdens
Diabetes therefore involves a well-recognized depression. It is declared in particular duringawareness from the patients of their constraining and irreversible state. Indeed, the pathology, apparently benign, actually affects every aspect of life and looks like a real handicap. Moreover, if the disease is not properly treated, serious complications end up seeing the light of day, especially if diabetes occurs quite early in life. These critical symptoms are:
- Decreased or even loss of vision
- Cardiovascular insufficiency
- Kidney failure
- Damage to the nerves, triggering continual pain
Definitive solutions to this chronic disease still do not exist. However, the researchers do not lose hope and continue their long-term work which, one day perhaps, will be able to eradicate this pernicious evil. However, there are many recent medical advances that make life a little easier for those affected on a daily basis. We also highlight a find claimed by a French teamwhich allows for more accurate patient care.