Researchers find protein that causes depression in diabetes
Diabetes is a serious health condition that affects millions across the world. Research has found that patients of both Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes are at a higher risk of developing depression.
Now researchers have found the reason that causes depression in diabetes patients.
It has been found that a particular protein is linked to depression and is found in patients with Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular diseases.
The protein is called galectin-3 and has been found to be present in higher quantity in people with diabetes. This causes the patients to feel depressed.
Researchers studied the galectin-3 levels in 283 people, aged between 18-59 years, with Type-1 diabetes for a year.
The results proved that the main culprit that causes depression in diabetic patients is the protein.
Researchers now believe that by targeting galectin-3, the depression in diabetic patients can be treated.
It is hoped that a further study on the treatment of the protein accumulation can help diabetic patients feel better.