Depression and diabetes mellitus

A study of the relationship between serum cortisol and blood sugar levels in patients with endogenous depression

Z. Ríhmer, M. Arató

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Abstract

The relationship between serum cortisol and fasting blood sugar levels in 39 female patients with endogenous depression was studied. Serum cortisol levels were determined in two post-dexamethasone blood samples during the dexamethasone suppression test. There were no significant differences between the blood sugar levels of suppressors (patients with low serum cortisol level) and non-suppressors (patients with high serum cortisol level). There was no correlation between the serum cortisol levels and blood sugar values in these two groups either. Although numerous reports claim to have found a relationship between endogenous depression and diabetes mellitus, our data do not imply a direct relationship between serum cortisol and blood glucose levels of endogenously depressed patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-318
Number of pages4
JournalNeuropsychobiology
Volume8
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1982

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Depressive Disorder
Hydrocortisone
Blood Glucose
Diabetes Mellitus
Depression
Serum
Dexamethasone
Fasting

Keywords

  • Bipolar depression
  • Blood sugar level
  • Dexamethasone suppression test
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Serum cortisol level
  • Unipolar depression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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