Neuropathic patients with type 1 diabetes have higher risks of depression, study finds

A new study has found that neuropathy, which is caused by damage to nerves in the body’s lower extremities, is associated with depression in people with type 1 diabetes.

According to researchers at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, in Toronto, depressive symptoms are especially more prevalent among older adults with longstanding type 1 diabetes.

The findings highlight that neuropathy is not only associated with a decline in physical aspects of a person’s life, but also with emotional functional and affective symptoms that have been shown to worsen blood glucose control.

The results of this new study, published in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, are in line with those of earlier studies showing that neuropathic pain tend to correlate with some degree of anxiety and depression.

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