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Diabetic Digest - Wednesday, April 25, 2007
News, updates and help from and for the diabetic community.


Wouldn't you know it! The weather has been warming up over 
the past few days which has given me a chance to get out 
and about, but now there are thunderstorms and 40 degree 
temperatures on the horizon. I guess I'll have to resort 
to a few indoor activities like the treadmill and the 
stationary bike. Who says 'stationary bike' anymore? 


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Study Finds Major Depression Connection to Diabetes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Elderly people who are depressed 
are more likely to become diabetic than those who are 
not, according to a study that suggests depression may 
play a role in causing the most common form of diabetes. 

Writing on Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 
the researchers said people with a high number of symptoms 
of depression were about 60 percent more likely to develop 
type 2 diabetes, formerly called adult-onset diabetes, 
than people who are not depressed. 

Unlike some other studies examining a link between 
depression and diabetes, this one looked at the effects 
not only of single bouts of depression but also of chronic 
depression and depression that worsened over time. It found 
an increased risk for diabetes in each of those scenarios. 

Researchers tracked 4,681 men and women in North Carolina, 
California, Maryland and Pennsylvania ages 65 and older, 
with an average age of 73, who did not have diabetes when 
the study began in 1989. 

For 10 years, they were screened annually for 10 symptoms 
of depression, including those related to mood, 
irritability, calorie intake, concentration and sleep. 

"People who report higher depressive symptoms may not 
take as good a care of themselves as they should," 
lead researcher Mercedes Carnethon of the Northwestern 
University's Feinberg School of Medicine said in an 

"For example, they may be less physically active, and thus 
more likely to gain weight, which is the primary risk 
factor for diabetes," Carnethon said. 

But the study statistically accounted for known lifestyle 
risk factors for diabetes like being overweight and 
sedentary, and still found that depression increased the 
risk of diabetes. 

Carnethon said the findings suggest depression may play a 
role in causing diabetes. While the study did not explore 
possible biological mechanisms, Carnethon said a high level 
of the stress hormone cortisol in depressed people may be 
the reason. 

Diabetes is marked by high levels of blood glucose result-
ing from defects in the production or action of insulin, 
which allows glucose to enter the body's cells for use as 
fuel. High cortisol levels, the researchers said, may cut 
insulin sensitivity and raise fat deposits around the 

"Diabetes not only causes heart disease, but is strongly 
related to strokes, blindness, kidney failure, amputations. 
Diabetes is a very serious condition that's highly 
prevalent in older adults," Carnethon said. 

Diabetes is a growing worldwide problem, closely tied to 
obesity. Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 95 percent of 
all cases. 

The findings point to the importance of doctors screening 
older adults for depression and, if it's present, for 
diabetes risk, Carnethon said. 

Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.

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                    Diabetic Recipe

                  Easy Sticky Buns

                    10 Servings 

1 packet Butter Buds Mix, dry
1/4 cup hot water
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 package (7.5 ounces) refrigerated biscuits

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray an 8-inch round baking pan 
   with nonstick cooking spray. 

2. In a small bowl, combine the Butter Buds, water, brown 
   sugar, and cinnamon. Pour into the prepared pan. 
   Sprinkle with nuts. Arrange the biscuits in a single 
   layer on top of the nuts. 

3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until well browned. Immediately 
   invert onto a serving plate. 

Per serving: 80 calories, 1 g protein, 2 g total fat 
             (<1 g saturated fat), 16 g carbohydrate, 
             0 cholesterol, 240 mg sodium 

Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate (1 bread/starch) 

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