Are Depression and Diabetes Linked?

We’re wrapping up Mental Health Month, an important time to reflect on your feelings. It may seem odd to discuss mental health on a podiatry blog, but here at Maple Springs Foot Center, we care about your whole health – not just your feet. We also understand that many people with diabetes often also suffer from depression.

Does diabetes cause depression?

Scientists and doctors have not pointed to a definite link between the physical effects of diabetes and clinical depression, but diabetic patients are noted to be at a higher risk for depression. There could be many causes for this. One is that you are constantly reminded of your condition when you have diabetes; you have to monitor everything you consume, check your blood sugar, and be aware of how active you are on a very regular basis. Some patients have to monitor these things every hour.

How can I tell if I’m depressed?

Day-to-day management of diabetes can become overwhelming on the emotions. There are several tell-tale signs that you are suffering from depression:

  • Energy always feels depleted
  • Suppressed or increased appetite coupled with rapid weight loss or weight gain
  • Not interested in going out and doing things that used to interest you or make you happy
  • A change in how you sleep
  • Constant anxiety
  • Constant guilt
  • A deep sadness
  • Suicidal thoughts

Dr. Stuart Snyder here at Maple Springs Foot Center is available to help navigate the physical effects of diabetes on your feet. He can help mitigate and plan ways to avoid nerve issues, circulation issues, ulcers and infections, or any other issue. If you feel like you’re slipping into depression, mitigating any physical issue might help. We can also recommend a specialist in psychotherapy who can help navigate any of those emotions.

To get in touch, request an appointment online or call our office conveniently located in Gaithersburg, MD at 301-762-3338.