Having a History of Depression Increases the Risk of Gestational Diabetes

Women that have a history of depression are at an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes during pregnancy. This announcement was made by Mary Byrn, PhD, RN, of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University following a study that looked at women at an outpatient clinic at an academic medical center.


The analysis looked at whether the symptoms of depression in women with gestational diabetes were different than those without. The researchers utilized the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) to measure depression symptoms. There were roughly 20% of participants with gestational diabetes and 13% without gestational diabetes in the study. However, the partipants in the study that had gestational diabetes had a higher likelihood of having a history of depression (23%) when compared to participants without gestational diabets (9%). The participants were controlled for other factors such as age, income, BMI and marital status.


Depression can also cause patients to not properly manage gestational diabetes. This can result in additional complications during pregnancy. The researchers also suggest that more research needs to be done in order to understand the relationship between diabetes and depression.


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