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Four Shared Risk Factors Found for Depression, Diabetes

Key clinical point: Over a 10-year follow-up period, the cumulative incidence of major depressive disorder was 4.1% and the cumulative incidence of diabetes was 10.1%.

Major finding: The researchers identified four shared risk factors for both depression and diabetes --hypertension, daily smoking, physical inactivity, and being overweight or obese -- that support the need for public health prevention strategies aimed at modifying not only depression and diabetes, but other chronic health conditions.

Study details: The data come from a longitudinal, population-based survey of 4,845 Canadian adults aged at least 45 years without diabetes or depression at baseline.

Disclosures: Bartholomew Chirech received support from University of Saskatchewan School of Public Health Scholarship program. Both Mr. Chirech and Carl D’Arcy disclosed having no financial conflicts.


Chireh B and D’Arcy C. Ther Adv Endocrinol Metab. 2019. doi: 10.1177/ 2042018819865828.