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Melbourne Researchers Make Link Between Diabetes and Depression

Posted: May 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Melbourne Researchers Make Link Between Diabetes and Depression

Melbourne Researchers Make Link Between Diabetes and DepressionAustralian researchers have found a connection between diabetes and depression. The research has been presented to The Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist conference Cells,Circuits and Syndromes in Hobart, Tasmania this week by Dr Carol Silberberg.

Dr Silberberg, from the University of Melbourne, told the conference that recent research suggests depression can alter the way the body processes glucose and that, in turn, can complicate treatment of both conditions. Dr Silberberg said there were high rates of depression, anxiety and eating disorders among people with Type 1 diabetes.

“There’s growing evidence that diabetes can actually impact on depression and visa versa, so there’s actually what we call a bio-directional relationship and there is some evidence that depression can actually alter how the body processes glucose which can complicate things.” Dr Silberberg said. “The main thing at the moment is recognition and, in particular for General Practitioners, we’re trying to get the message out there that mental illnesses are a significant problem particularly in patients who have difficult to control diabetes.”


Coffee Consumption Associated With Decreased Risk of Depression in Women

Posted: October 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Favorite New Thought, Harvard School of Public Health, Love and Other Drugs, Medicated, Michael Courtenay, Science, Science News, Toxically Engineered | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Coffee Consumption Associated With Decreased Risk of Depression in Women

We’ve been waiting for this discovery for years, patiently sipping away at our cuppa with the hopeful thought that it might one day be of benefit, we’re halfway there. Women who drink four cups of coffee a day are 20 per cent less likely to become depressed than women who rarely drink coffee.

Caffeine is the most frequently used central nervous system stimulant in the world, and approximately 80 percent of consumption is in the form of coffee, according to background information in the article. Previous research, including one prospective study among men, has suggested an association between coffee consumption and depression risk. Because depression is a chronic and recurrent condition that affects twice as many women as men, including approximately one of every five U.S. women during their lifetime, “identification of risk factors for depression among women and the development of new preventive strategies are, therefore, a public health priority,” write the authors. They sought to examine whether, in women, consumption of caffeine or certain caffeinated beverages is associated with the risk of depression. Read the full article »»»»