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Depression and Diabetes: Common Link and Challenges of Developing Epidemic!!

Sheikh Shoib, Raheel Mushtaq, Arif Tasleem and Bhat M Hayat

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic debilitating disease, which can cause various psychological, emotional, social and psychosexual problems. Depression can be a risk factor as well as complication of diabetes because of its link with compliance issues, glycaemic control and increased risk of complications. Early recognition and treatment of depression can go a long way in improving the quality of diabetic patients and it can also improve medical outcome. The aim of the article is to get overview of the association of the two common disorders and knowledge of their association would add to the framework of the global campaign to reduce burden world-wide.