September 23, 2021
Insulin resistance can make you more than twice as likely to develop major depression, even if you haven’t developed full-blown diabetes, a new study reports.
Initially healthy people who later developed prediabetes were 2.6 times more likely to come down with major depression during a nine-year follow-up period, according to the findings.
“The insulin-resistant folks had two to three times the rate of developing depression,” said lead researcher Kathleen Watson, a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University.
Previous studies have shown a relationship between insulin resistance and depression, but this is one of the first to show that people who developed insulin resistance were more likely to become depressed later, Watson said.
It’s troubling news for a major segment of Americans at increased risk for diabetes.
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