PTSD Symptoms May Increase Women’s Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Women experiencing the most symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may have almost 2 times the risk of developing type 2 diabetes than women not exposed to trauma. Almost half of the increased risk was due to higher BMI and antidepressant use associated with PTSD. The JAMA Psychiatry findings come from an analysis of the Nurses' Health Study II data from 49,739 participants followed for 22 years. PTSD symptoms were associated in a dose-response fashion with diabetes incidence. In women with 6 to 7 PTSD symptoms, there were 4.6 cases of diabetes per 1000 person-years.

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Women experiencing the most symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may have almost 2 times the risk of developing type 2 diabetes than women not exposed to trauma. Almost half of the increased risk was due to higher BMI and antidepressant use associated with PTSD. The JAMA Psychiatry findings come from an analysis of the Nurses' Health Study II data from 49,739 participants followed for 22 years. PTSD symptoms were associated in a dose-response fashion with diabetes incidence. In women with 6 to 7 PTSD symptoms, there were 4.6 cases of diabetes per 1000 person-years.

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