Nearly Double the Risk
Women who have PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, are almost twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as women without the stress disorder, finds a new study from Columbia University and Harvard. The new study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, found that the greater the severity and number of symptoms of PTSD, the higher the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The data, provided by the Nurses Health Study II, showed that by age 60, almost 12 percent of women with the highest rates of PTSD symptoms developed type 2 diabetes, compared to 7 percent of women with diabetes and no exposure to trauma. Higher body mass index and antidepressant use accounted for almost half of the increases in diabetes among women with PTSD.