Diabetes and depression: a review of the literature

Nurs Clin North Am. 2007 Mar;42(1):67-78, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2006.11.007.


Depression affects millions of people in the United States. Drugs used to treat depression can lead to weight gain, which could predispose a person to type 2 diabetes. Also, certain medications that may be used to treat depression with psychotic features can lead to metabolic syndrome and new-onset diabetes. Diabetes is another chronic health care condition that affects millions of people in the United States. Diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic amputations and a leading cause of blindness. Both conditions can result in a lower quality of life. Clinicians face challenges in treating either condition, but can face greater ones when the conditions occur together. This article reviews the literature concerning depression and diabetes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Depressive Disorder*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / nursing*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / psychology*
  • Humans