Depression in diabetes increases renal disease risk

In research on more than 3800 US adults with diabetes, 11.5% of the patients had major depression and 8.4% had minor depression, with 87 patients (2.2%) developing renal failure during a follow-up period of about nine years.

Major, but not minor, depressive symptoms were associated with a higher risk of renal failure requiring dialysis or transplant, independent of a range of factors including diabetes duration and baseline kidney function, the researchers found.

Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2014; online 27 Mar