• Vol. 41 No. 10, 430–431
  • 15 October 2012

The Co-Occurrence of Diabetes and Depression: An Example of the Worldwide Epidemic of Comorbidity of Mental and Physical Illness



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The prevalences of diabetes and of depression are increasing at an alarming rate. In nearly one fifth of all cases, both diseases will be present simultaneously in the same individual. When comorbid, the prognosis of both illnesses will be worse than when they are not both present, and complications of both are more probable. What makes the attention to this problem even more urgent is the extended life expectancy. Enhanced environmental stresses and the spread of risky life styles and other factors are increasing the probability that the prevalence of depressive disorders and of diabetes as well as their comorbidity will continue to grow.

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