MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?
Dr. de Jonge: The main findings were that depression and impulse control disorders, in particular binge eating and bulimia were associated with diabetes.
MedicalResearch.com: Were any of the findings unexpected?
Dr. de Jonge: Yes, there is quite a literature on the association between depression and diabetes, but far less on impulse control disorders and diabetes.
MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. de Jonge: There might be a lifelong pathway in which persons first develop impulse control disorders and depression which may gradually develop into diabetes. The role of diet may be significant in this pathway.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. de Jonge: Future research should point out whether these associations are truly prospective, and if by early treatment of depression and impulse control disorders, diabetes might be prevented.
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