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Diabetes patients with depression may benefit from tailored CBT

A study published in Diabetes Care showed that type 2 diabetes patients with depression improved their self-care behaviors, A1C levels and depressive symptoms 12 months after receiving tailored cognitive behavioral therapy plus lifestyle counseling, compared with the standard care group, although the difference was not statistically significant. "Despite the improvement in HbA1c, mean values remained substantially above target at 12 months follow-up, and more aggressive pharmacologic treatment may be needed as psychological symptoms are reduced," researchers suggested.

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