More Evidence Diabetes Tied to Depression in Young Adults

You may recall a study I posted earlier this year about the link between higher levels of insulin resistance and severity of depression in patients with impaired glucose tolerance, prior to the occurrence of diabetes. Not surprisingly, that link between insulin and depression is even stronger than the so-called experts imagined.

The chilling fact: Young adults between ages 20-30 -- who are at the highest risk of developing depression -- also seem to be more prone to type 2 diabetes.

Canadian researchers compared the health records of some 33,000 patients with type 2 diabetes over age 20 with double the number of nondiabetic patients and to determine their history of depression. Those with newly diagnosed diabetes were more likely to have a history of depression (almost 5 percent) than were those without diabetes (3.8 percent). And this increased risk remained intact after taking various factors into account, although it was limited to patients in the 20-50 age range, according to researchers.

Factors that researchers identified as possible triggers for the double whammy of depression and diabetes: Weight fluctuations prompted by poor health habits, such as little to no exercise and taking antidepressants that spur weight gain.

Just more evidence of the powerful effect emotions can have your health, something conventional medicine has been slow, at best, to grasp. They simply don't understand how powerfully negative thoughts and emotions can damage your body, and even shorten your life. And to think the best solution conventional medicine can come up with for depression is a potentially toxic antidepressant...

A short list of effective, proven and non-toxic methods for treating depression and reducing your chances of diabetes at the same time:

Diabetes Care, May 2005, Vol. 28, Number 5: 1063-1067

Yahoo News May 10, 2005

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