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Diabetes: What's depression got to do with it?

Originally webcast February 21, 2008

Michelle Owens, PhD
Behavioral Scientist
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Division of Diabetes Translation

Depression is two times more common in people who have diabetes than in people who do not have the disease. Recent studies have shown a significant correlation between the symptoms of depression and the number and severity of diabetes complications. In addition, total health care expenditures for people with diabetes and depression are 4.5 times higher than for those without depression. This broadcast will provide important information for health professionals about the link between diabetes and depression.

At the conclusion of the presentation, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the link between diabetes and depression
  • Explain why depression in diabetes can have serious consequences
  • List ways to identify patients with depression

The planners and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.