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August 20, 2014

The Mental Health Comorbidities of Diabetes

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Mental Health Issues of Diabetes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 3Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
JAMA. 2014;312(7):691-692. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.8040

Individuals living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, and eating disorder diagnoses. Mental health comorbidities of diabetes compromise adherence to treatment and thus increase the risk for serious short- and long-term complications, which can result in blindness, amputations, stroke, cognitive decline, decreased quality of life, and premature death. When mental health comorbidities of diabetes are not diagnosed and treated, the financial cost to society and health care systems is substantial, as are the morbidity and health consequences for patients. In this Viewpoint, we summarize the prevalence and consequences of mental health problems for patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and suggest strategies for identifying and treating patients with diabetes and mental health comorbidities.