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Global burden of diabetes and depression 

Global burden of diabetes and depression
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Global burden of diabetes and depression
Author(s):

Julio Licinio

, Andreas L. Birkenfeld

, and Stefan R. Bornstein

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198789284.003.0001
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date: 01 April 2020

Diabetes and depression are two of the major global health concerns in the twenty-first century. One way of measuring the global impact of these illnesses are the disability-adjusted life-years or DALYs. The calculation takes into account the average life expectancy of a specific country, the years lost by premature death, and the years lived with disability/disease. Furthermore, ongoing research has shown that interactions exist between depression and diabetes. Diabetes and other chronic diseases can lead to depression, while depression can increase the risk for developing diabetes or worsen the course of diabetes. In this book, the current understanding of the interactions between depression and diabetes will be discussed, highlighting various pathways in which these morbidities are linked. In addition, the authors give outlooks on how diabetes and depression might be treated in the future.

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