According to a new study, high levels of glutamate, a neurotransmitter in the brain produced from glucose, may be responsible for the high rate of depression among diabetics.
Scientists believe depression affects as many as 25 percent of diabetes sufferers – who have poorer glucose control resulting in an abnormal glucose level – further contributing to a lower quality of life.
A team including researchers from the Joslin Diabetes Center has now showed that increased levels of glutamate in the prefrontal area of the brains of people with type 1 diabetes were associated with depressive symptoms.
Dr. Alan Jacobson, chief of psychiatry at the center, says, "The importance of [these findings] lies in the linkage of a neurotransmitter that, in high levels, can cause damage to neurons, the degree of diabetic hyperglycemia and alterations in cognitive function and depression levels previously found in diabetes."
Those who suffer from excessive worry, sadness and anxiety have a range of natural health resources to choose from.
One of them is Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest systems of traditional healing. According to Holistic.com, it offers treatments for a range of depressive symptoms – which it categorizes as Vata-, Pitta-, and Kapha-type depression – by focusing on the mind-body constitution of the person.