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Low Insulin Linked to Depression

Diabetes risk factors may increase odds of depressive symptoms….

Research has shown links between diabetes and depression. Now, it looks like people with early signs of diabetes may have a risk for depressive symptoms.

According to a recent study, women who produce little insulin may have a higher risk of developing depressive symptoms,

Results showed that women who produced the least amount of insulin had more than twice the odds of having symptoms of depression, compared to those who produced higher levels of insulin.

Tasnime N. Akbaraly, PhD, of University of College London, and colleagues wanted to see if blood sugar and insulin levels were associated with the development of new symptoms of depression. They found that women with the lowest levels of insulin secretion had 2.18 times higher odds of developing depressive symptoms than those with higher insulin secretion.

The researchers also found that fasting insulin levels (insulin levels before eating) were not associated with the development of depressive symptoms in men. In addition, fasting glucose levels (blood sugar levels before eating) were not associated with the development of depressive symptoms in either sex.

Dr. Akbaraly and colleagues concluded that, the study suggests that low insulin secretion may put middle-aged women at risk for depressive symptoms. However, more research is needed to confirm this finding,

The study included 3,145 adults, 23.5 percent of whom were women. Patients ranged in age from about 53 years to 68 years.

Diabetes Care, Dec. 10, 2012