Yunsheng Ma, PhD, MD, MPH, was interviewed by Medscape Medical News on June 20 about his recent study that found a link between postmenopausal women who use antidepressant medication or suffer from depression and an increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The UMMS study, led by Dr. Ma, who is associate professor of medicine in the Division of Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, looked at whether elevated depressive symptoms and antidepressant use are associated with biomarkers for glucose dysregulation and inflammation, BMI and waist circumference.
"Weight gain in the abdominal region is a huge risk factor and a very important predictor of [cardiovascular disease]," said Ma. “Identifying these markers in women is important for diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention."
The study was published in the June 13 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
Read the full story on Medscape.com (login required), as well as other coverage of Ma’s study:
Depression Linked to Elevated Markers for CVD, DiabetesMedscape.com – June 20, 2013
Depression, Antidepressants Tied to Heart Disease, Diabetes Risk in Older WomenU.S. News and World Report – June 21, 2013
Postmenopausal Women With Depression May Be At Increased RiskBig News Network.com – June 17, 2013
Postmenopause Depression Is Risk for DiabetesMedpage Today – June 17, 2013
New study: depression in postmenopausal women may increase diabetes, cardiovascular disease riskHealth Canal – June 14, 2013
Depression, antidepressant use may increase risk for diabetes and CVD in postmenopausal womenNews-Medical – June 14, 2013
Depression in postmenopausal women may increase diabetes and cardiovascular disease riskScience Codex – June 13, 2013
Related link on UMassMedNow:New study: depression in postmenopausal women may increase diabetes, cardiovascular disease risk