Was Willis right? Thoughts on the interaction of depression and diabetes

Richard R. Rubin, Mark Peyrot

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    Recent studies suggest that depression may be an independent risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. At a time when this disease is an epidemic, identifying interventions that could prevent or delay the onset of diabetes is a high priority, and treating depression in people predisposed to diabetes could be an effective approach. Future studies should establish a causal relationship between depression and the occurrence of type 2 diabetes, as well as possible mechanisms to explain the relationship, should one be observed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)173-175
    Number of pages3
    JournalDiabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jul 27 2002


    • Cortisol excess
    • Depression
    • Diabetes prevention
    • Glucocorticoids
    • HPA axis
    • Psychological stress
    • Self-care behavior

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Internal Medicine
    • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
    • Endocrinology


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