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Anxiety Disorders Appear to Precede the Onset of Diabetes in Latinos

Anxiety Disorders Appear to Precede the Onset of Diabetes in Latinos

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In a new study authored by University of California and being presented this week to the American Psychiatric Association, found that diabetes and mood disorders appear together in high rates amongst the Latino population.

Latinos have a higher rates of diabetes than any other ethnic group and it also appears that they have a higher rate of both a mood disorder and diabetes.  A mood order typically refers to anxiety or depression.

45 percent of Latino men develop a mood disorder first and then get diabetes.  For women 39 percent develop a mood disorder followed by diabetes.  In both male and females there is a very high rate of having both medical ailments at the same time.

Why? 

“Poor motivation, poor eating habits, and lack of impulse control in patients with mood and anxiety symptoms could be considered as contributing factors for the development of metabolic syndrome and diabetes,” wrote the study authors.