Diabetes and Postpartum Depression
Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Research suggests that diabetes increases a new motherís risk for postpartum depression. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study that looked at the link between diabetes and postpartum depression in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Pregnant women with diabetes have an increased risk for postpartum depression, according to a study by Harvard researchers.

Pregnant women and new moms in the study had nearly twice the incidence of depression as non-diabetic women who were pregnant or had just given birth.

As many as 9 percent of pregnancies are complicated by pre-existing or gestational diabetes, and one in 10 new mothers struggles with postpartum depression.

The study included just over 11,000 low-income women. Those with either pre-existing type 1 or type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes were significantly more likely to experience depression during pregnancy or in the postpartum period.

After controlling for non-economic risk factors, women with diabetes had nearly double the odds of having a diagnosis of depression or taking antidepressant medication in the months immediately following delivery.

Researchers conclude that a better understanding of the relationship between diabetes and depression could improve the treatment of both conditions.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.