Diabetes is depressing

  • 26 Feb 2009
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The fact that diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions, rising by 63% in a decade, is completely predictable. Next year we’ll cross another statistical threshold with 1 in 6 over 40 having diabetes. Diabetes is also strongly linked with depression, obesity and cardiovascular disease. These are all classic symptoms of losing blood sugar control and tipping into what is called ‘metabolic syndrome’, the body’s equivalent of going into recession.

Research published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that a diabetic, during pregnancy, is twice as likely to become depressed and take anti-depressants as a non-diabetic. Other research shows that those with metabolic syndrome are twice as likely to become depressed. Another paper is entitled ‘should depressive syndromes be reclassified as metabolic Syndrome Type 2?’ Two of the hallmarks of metabolic syndrome are:

a) an increased level of something called glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) which basically means your red blood cells have become sugar-coated and damaged as a result; and

b) insulin resistance – insulin is the hormone that keeps your blood sugar level stable. The more often your blood sugar soars the more insulin you make, and, over time, the less responsive you become to insulin. One in four non-obese have insulin resistance. I like HbA1c as an indicator because it tells you whether you are becoming the equivalent of physiologically overdrawn before you necessarily develop diabetes. Next month YorkTest Laboratories are launching a home test kit, called the GLCheck, which measures this. Ideally, you want a level below 5. Above 7 is bad news, indicating high risk of developing diabetes.

The good news is that diabetes (that is adult-onset Type 2 diabetes) is both preventable and reversible. Although linked to weight gain and obesity, I would not say so much that it is caused by obesity, but rather that both weight gain and diabetes are caused by losing blood glucose control, the solution for which is to eat a strict low Glycemic Load diet. Every type 2 diabetic I know, including one who was injecting insulin, have ended up with stable blood sugar levels, eliminating the need for medication, by following a strict low GL diet, plus taking certain supplements, chromium being the single most essential. Exactly how to do this, and how to lose your appetite for sweet foods, and feel naturally satisfied, full of energy instead of tired all the time, and lose weight rapidly, healthily and with ease is the subject of my nationwide GL Revolution Tour and new Low GL Diet Bible, in April.

If you can’t wait to find out come to my 100% Health Workshop on Saturday February 28th. George Bernard Shaw once said “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. Much like today’s economic recession, are we going to ignore the signs of the impending diabetes epidemic, and express ‘shock’ at the inevitable, or do something about it? You can reverse your own impending physiological recession by very simple means. The choice, the evidence, the opportunity is there if you want it. Are you ready to start your own GL revolution?

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