Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Researchers study link between depression, diabetes.(Final)

Byline: Jackie Jadrnak Journal Staff Writer

Local conference addresses treatment

Better treatment of depression might play a role in both preventing and managing diabetes, according to a St. Louis researcher.

Patrick Lustman, professor of psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine, estimated that 25 percent of people with diabetes also suffer from treatable levels of major depression.

"If you treat it, maybe it's a modifiable risk factor that can alter the course of diabetes," he said. Lustman was in Albuquerque last month as part of a conference "Dialogue Four Corners: Mental Health" sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health. …

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