Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic debilitating disease, which can cause various psychological, emotional, social and psychosexual problems. Depression can be a risk factor as well as complication of diabetes because of its link with compliance issues, glycaemic control and increased risk of complications. Early recognition and treatment of depression can go a long way in improving the quality of diabetic patients and it can also improve medical outcome. The aim of the article is to get overview of the association of the two common disorders and knowledge of their association would add to the framework of the global campaign to reduce burden world-wide.
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic debilitating illness, with prevalence estimates that are approaching epidemic proportion worldwide. From 1985 to 2000, the number of people living with diabetes globally has risen from 30 million to 171 million. 1An estimated 285 million people corresponding 6-8% adult population will live with diabetes in 2010. The number is expected to increases to 438 million by 2030.1With an estimated 50.8 million people living with diabetes, India has the world's largest population, followed by china with 43.2 million with diabetes population. The recent increase of diabetes in India and projections for the future constitute a major public health problem.