Depression and Diabetes: ” A loosing combination “


Studies have shown that there is significant Quality of Life impairment in patients suffering from depression with co-morbid diabetes mellitus. The objective of this study was to compare the Quality of Life (QOL) in patients with depressive illness with and without Type II Diabetes Mellitus. It was a single centered cross sectional study which included patients from in and out patient departments of Institute of Psychiatry at a tertiary care hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. This duration period of the study was 6 months from September 2014 till March 2015. 100 patients were included. All patients were administered the World Health Organization Quality of Life Toolkit Brief Version. Quality of life was compared by dividing patients with depression into two groups; one having depression and diabetes mellitus and the other one having depression without diabetes mellitus. Amongst the participants, 66 (66%) had impaired quality of life while in 34 (34%) there was no impairment, and there was a significant association between the presence of co-morbid diabetes mellitus and quality of life Impairment. The study found a greater degree of quality of life impairment in depressed patients who had diabetes mellitus.

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Shoaib Saadat

Renal Registrar, Data Scientist, Clinical Researcher

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