Depression Linked to Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, New Study Finds

Have you ever heard about type 2 diabetes and feeling really sad? Well, they might be connected more than we thought. New research funded by Diabetes UK has shown that feeling down can actually lead to getting type 2 diabetes. This means that if you’ve had moments of feeling really sad, it’s important to check if you’re at risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

Understanding the Connection: We’ve learned from past studies that people with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to feel really sad compared to those without diabetes. Similarly, folks dealing with feeling really sad are more likely to end up with type 2 diabetes. But until now, we didn’t know for sure if feeling really sad directly causes type 2 diabetes or if there are other things that link them together.

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What the Study Found

A group of smart scientists, led by Professor Inga Prokopenko from the University of Surrey, looked at lots of information from people in the UK and Finland. They used a special method to figure out if feeling really sad can lead to getting type 2 diabetes.

What the Study Discovered

Guess what? The research showed for the first time that feeling really sad can increase the chance of getting type 2 diabetes. They also found that being a bit heavier played a part, but it wasn’t the whole story. They also spotted seven things in our genes that have a say in both type 2 diabetes and feeling really sad.

One Way Street

It turns out that feeling really sad can lead to type 2 diabetes, but the opposite isn’t true. They didn’t find proof that having type 2 diabetes makes you feel really sad. But both of them can happen because of similar things like not moving around much and being overweight. Plus, dealing with the day-to-day challenges of type 2 diabetes can sometimes bring on feelings of sadness.

What This Means for Healthcare

Dr. Elizabeth Robertson, who knows a lot about research at Diabetes UK, says this new info can help doctors and nurses take even better care of people who have felt really sad before. It might even stop more cases of type 2 diabetes from happening.

Looking at Type 1 Diabetes

This study looked only at type 2 diabetes, but it’s good to know that people with type 1 diabetes can also feel really sad more often than those without diabetes. However, feeling really sad doesn’t lead to getting type 1 diabetes. It happens because of a problem with the immune system.


So, we’ve learned that feeling really sad and type 2 diabetes have a close connection. Thanks to this new study, doctors can now do a better job of helping people who have felt really sad in the past. This could also mean fewer cases of type 2 diabetes in the future. As we keep learning more about how these two things work together, there’s hope for a brighter tomorrow for those dealing with both conditions.