For people living with diabetes and major depression, antidepressant (medication used to treat symptoms depression) medication classes except reversible inhibitor of monoamine oxidase A (RIMA) were shown to reduce death by approximately 35% in a small study.
Bottom line: treating major depression is very important. If you are a person with diabetes who suspects you are suffering from depression, talk with your primary care provider, diabetes educator or other health care professional so can you get treatment. If you are health care professional and diabetes educators, screen persons with diabetes for depression that you see in your practice.
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