According to a recent study, patients with diabetes are more likely to die from accidents, suicides or alcohol-related factors. This might be due to the patients’ mental health which suffers on account of the psychological liability on the patients, to live with this potentially serious, debilitating disease. Globally, millions of deaths are caused due to type-1 and type-2 diabetes, both of which are greatly prevalent worldwide. Patients with diabetes are already known to be at higher risk of developing kidney disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and even cancer, which may in turn, cause earlier death.
Although recent studies have established a link between diabetes and an increased risk of depression, it has still not been fully investigated that in what ways troubled mental health may impact patients with diabetes.
The study published in the European Journal of Endocrinology evaluated alcohol-related, suicides or accidental causes of death of over 400,000 people with or without diabetes in Finland.