Why are Black and Hispanic people in the U.S. more likely to have depression with type 2 diabetes?
Updated: Nov 13, 2022
Black and Hispanic people in the U.S. may often be uninsured or underinsured. According to a 2012 statement from the Endocrine Society, people with diabetes who do not have insurance receive a lesser quality of care than those who have insurance. Therefore, those without insurance have a higher risk of developing complications of type 2 diabetes and are more likely to have advanced disease at diagnosis, which can increase the risk of depression. People in certain racial or ethnic groups often have a lower socioeconomic status due to societal barriers and systemic issues, which can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and cause depression. Additionally, factors such as childhood adversity, stress, and decreased access to healthy food stores and safe places to exercise have links to less nutritious diets, decreased physical activity, diabetes, and depression.
What are some suggestions for Black and Hispanic people with diabetes in the U.S. for handling mental health conditions? If a person believes they have depression or anxiety, they should reach out to their doctor right away. A doctor can refer the person to a mental health professional who may recommend therapy and medications. Treating a mental health condition can help a person better manage their diabetes. People can also make changes on their own to help cope with diabetes. Strategies may include finding healthy ways of lowering their stress and anxiety levels, staying active, eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol and caffeine, and getting enough rest. Staying in touch with friends and family who provide support and asking for help when necessary can also be beneficial.
Source- Medical News Todaye. Dr. Kelly Wood is an ABMS board certified endocrinologist and internal medicine physician who treats adults with diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, and other hormonal conditions. She achieved her fellowship in endocrinology from University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.