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Panic attacks linked to diabetes

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Panic attacks are strongly linked to increased complications from diabetes, according to a US study.

Panic attacks are strongly linked to increased complications from diabetes, according to a US study.

Out of 4,385 patients with diabetes surveyed by researchers in Seattle, 193 reported recent panic attacks and around half (54.5%) of them also reported major depression.

After accounting for the effects of depression, panic episodes were associated with higher blood sugar levels, increased diabetic complications and symptoms, greater disability and lower self-rated health and functioning.

The researchers said panic episodes could be a consequence of diabetes and may interfere with patients? self-care and ability to follow their treatment plans.

General Hospital Psychiatry (2006) 28: 475-481.

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