Depression In Diabetic Women Around Pregnancy

 

African American woman upset depressed

African American woman upset depressed

(BlackDoctor.org) — Women in low-income housing who have diabetes are at a higher risk of depression during pregnancy or after birth, a new study found.

And, it didn’t matter whether the women developed diabetes before or during pregnancy, or if they were taking insulin or oral medications. The risk of depression was still much stronger for women with diabetes, the study found.

“Those with diabetes have nearly twice the risk of depression during pregnancy and post-partum,” said the study’s lead author, Katy Backes Kozhimannil, a research fellow in the department of ambulatory care and prevention at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

And, Kozhimannil added, women who’d never been depressed before appeared to be at risk, too. “One in 10 women who had no indication of prior depression received a diagnosis of depression within a year following delivery,” she said.