We’ve known for a long time that people with Type I diabetes are at increased risk for depression. Scientists are now closer to figuring out why.

Diabetes (types I and II) and depression have all been linked to inflammation. A new study shows a more specific association: Diabetics suffering from depression have significantly higher levels of inflammatory protein Galectin-3 than do their non-depressed counterparts.

Inflammation is a sign of a body’s immune system gearing up to repair tissue damage in response to injury or disease. Too much inflammation, though, is associated with a lot of problems, including depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and cardiovascular disease.

Researchers hope this new info about Galectin-3 will lead to better ways to target depression and diabetes. In the meantime, fight inflammation with better diet, regular exercise,  meditation, and healthy sleep habits.

And if you or a loved one have diabetes, be on the lookout for symptoms of depression and get the help you need!

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