Certain depressive symptoms linked to higher HbA1c

A Dutch study of 646 patients with type 1 or 2 diabetes attempted to tease out which individual depressive symptoms might be correlated with higher HbA1c levels.

Nearly half the patients had one or more depressive symptoms at baseline.

The researchers found that depressed mood, sleeping difficulties, appetite problems and suicidal ideation were significantly related to higher HbA1c values after adjusting for confounding factors.

All the associations except suicidal ideation persisted at one year.

Diabetic Med 2013; 30: e115-122