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  • Type 2 Diabetes - Gestational Diabetes Raises the Risk of Postpartum Depression
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    Type 2 Diabetes - Gestational Diabetes Raises the Risk of Postpartum Depression


    According to a recent study from Ilam University of The Big Diabetes Lie Medical Sciences in Ilam, Iran, and the Behbahan Faculty of Medical Sciences in Behbahan, Iran, Gestational diabetes or pregnancy-related diabetes raises the risk of postpartum depression, or the new mother feeling more depressed for a longer time period than ordinary "baby blues" women often experience after giving birth. The researchers, reported in February of 2019 in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, recommending postpartum screening for all women who received a diagnosis of diabetes during their pregnancy.

    The researchers reviewed a total of eighteen studies giving a total of 2,370,958 participants. Combining the results of all these studies and analyzing them as if they were one large study, the investigators found Gestationally diabetic women had a 59 percent increased risk of developing postpartum depression, compared with non-diabetic postpartum women. According to the World Health Organisation, about 13 percent of pregnant women worldwide suffer postpartum depression. In developing countries, the number can be as high as almost 20 percent, and in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control estimates the number as about 1 in 9.

    Many signs and symptoms of postpartum depression are much the same as those for typical depression, while others are specific to the condition...

    an anxious or empty mood that does not lift,
    having feelings of guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, or worthlessness,
    feeling irritability or restlessness,
    loss of interest in formerly interesting activities,
    loss of energy,
    insomnia or too much sleep,
    difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making a decision,
    overeating or experiencing a loss of appetite,
    having suicidal thoughts or attempts,
    pain that does not respond to treatment,


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