The burden of suicidal ideation among persons with type II diabetes: A scoping review

Karen M. Tabb, Nancy Perez-Flores, Yang Wang, Hsiang Huang

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Objective Diabetes is a major global health concern. People with diabetes have worse mental health outcomes than those without diabetes. Researchers have recently sought to examine the relationship between diabetes and suicidal ideation. The aim of this study is to determine the burden of suicidal ideation among adults with type II diabetes from existing literature. Methods We conducted a scoping review of published literature in PubMed, PsycINFO, CINAHL, Web of Science, and Google Scholar published before March 2017. To identify relevant literature, search terms included suicidal ideation and type II diabetes. The search was limited to English language peer-reviewed journal articles. The main outcome of interest was suicidal ideation captured on a validated scale in a population with type II diabetes. Results This review resulted in 10 relevant studies, which reported the prevalence of suicidal ideation ranging from 2.5–51.4% with a median prevalence of 18.6% among adults with diabetes. Across the five studies reporting the associated risks, all but one study found a significant risk for persons with diabetes to endorse suicidal ideation and only three studies adjusted for depression. Conclusions This review demonstrates the need for future studies to investigate potential mechanistic pathways of suicidality among persons with diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-118
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
StatePublished - Dec 2017


  • Diabetes
  • Scoping review
  • Suicidal ideation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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