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An Integrated Approach for Diabetes & Depression

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A University of Pennsylvania study of an intervention that integrates type 2 diabetes and depression treatment suggests that such an approach successfully improves outcomes in primary care. The intervention consisted of integrated care managers and physicians collaborating to offer education and guideline-based recommendations. Of patients who received the intervention, 60.9% achieved an A1C of less than 7%, compared with 35.7% for a usual care group. More than half (58.7%) of intervention patients achieved depression remission, compared with a 30.7% rate for those who received usual care.

Abstract: Annals of Family Medicine, January/February 2012.

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  1. This is not what I would call a newsworthy article. It goes without saying that people suffering from depression don’t eat well, and starve or binge to cope; and these poor eating habits in the long run lead to the onset of Type II diabetes, which explains the high percentage of diabetes sufferers with depression.

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