Clinical Edge

Summaries of Must-Read Clinical Literature, Guidelines, and FDA Actions

Smoking May Precede Depressive Symptoms in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes

Key clinical point: Increased numbers of cigarettes smoked daily were associated with higher levels of depression in adults with type 2 diabetes, suggesting the need for depression intervention in these patients.

Major finding: The researchers identified a path model of a unidirectional association from cigarettes smoked per day to depressive symptoms at follow-up points. The findings support the need for early smoking cessation interventions in patients with diabetes.

Study details: The data come from a 4-year study of 296 adults with type 2 diabetes who reported being current smokers and were participating in the Evaluation of Diabetes Treatment Study.

Disclosures: The researchers had no disclosures.


McGihon RE et al. J Psychosom Res. 2019 Jun 12. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2019.109737.