5. Depression and Diabetes Prevention

  1. Peter Schwarz MD, PhD2 and
  2. Prasuna Reddy BA, MA, PhD, MAPS3
  1. Norbert Hermanns

Published Online: 10 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118661321.ch5

Prevention of Diabetes

Prevention of Diabetes

How to Cite

Hermanns, N. (2013) Depression and Diabetes Prevention, in Prevention of Diabetes (eds P. Schwarz and P. Reddy), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118661321.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Medicine III, University of Dresden, Dresden, Germany

  2. 3

    School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia

Author Information

  1. Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Bamberg, Bamberg, Germany; Research Institute of Diabetes Academy Mergentheim (FIDAM), Bad Mergentheim, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 JUL 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470654651

Online ISBN: 9781118661321



  • diabetes prevention;
  • depression;
  • inflammation;
  • stress;
  • behavior;
  • psychologic well-being;
  • lifestyle changes;
  • attitudes;
  • psychologic outcomes;
  • metabolic outcomes


Depression is a risk factor for diabetes. Although behavioral, inflammatory, stress, or pharmacologic mechanisms linking depression to diabetes are yet not fully understood, have depressive feelings been taken into account for diabetes prevention? Programmes for diabetes prevention should therefore not focus solely on nutrition and physical exercise, In addition, they should assist people at a high diabetes risk to address negative attitudes towards their health risks, barriers for lifestyle changes, maintaining achieved weight reduction or increased physical fitness or coping with daily hassles, which might interfere with life style modifications. A comprehensive diabetes prevention programme, PREDIAS showed beneficial effects on metabolic as well as on emotional aspects of living with an increased diabetes risk.