Insulin Resistance is Tied to Two Folds Risk of Depression


by Naba Batool

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But the recent researchers state that these people might be on the verge of developing a more serious mental issue that is depression.

A study at Stanford medicine has successfully linked insulin resistance to depression. According to Natalie Rasgon who is MD, Ph.D. and is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

“If you're insulin-resistant, your risk of developing the major depressive disorder is double that of someone who's not insulin-resistant, even if you've never experienced depression before.”

These studies have also led to this finding the almost every 1 out of 3 people among us is suffering from insulin resistance and yet they have no knowledge about it.

This insulin resistance is not linked to the poor performance of the pancreas in releasing this hormone but is more likely because of degraded cells’ ability to produce this hormone in the body. There already exists a link between insulin resistance and mental disorders. Rosgan also explained that at least 40% of the people who are moody or are suffering from mood disorders are insulin resistant.

601 men and women participated in the research. When they were the test subjects their age was 41 years and they had no previous history of depression or anxiety. Using three control groups of waist circumference, blood glucose level, and good cholesterol, researchers were successful in their quest. Considering all the factors their findings were successful. 

It's time for providers to consider the metabolic status of those suffering from mood disorders and vice versa, by assessing mood in patients with metabolic diseases such as obesity and hypertension," Rasgon said.

"To prevent depression, physicians should be checking their patients' insulin sensitivity. These tests are readily available in labs around the world, and they're not expensive. In the end, we can mitigate the development of lifelong debilitating diseases”.

Thus the physicians should be more careful in the diagnosis of depression and vice versa.