Blood Sugar And Mood Disorders

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Food To Balance Your Mood

Think of your body as an insanely complex, gooey car. Put in gas and oil (a balanced diet), and you're good to go. Put in nicotine; alcohol; caffeine; weird, manufactured fats; gummy, washed-out flour; and sugar, and it's like pouring sugar into the gas tank. You'll sputter, run on, stop and start, or stall. Senior New York University clinical nutritionist Samantha Heller, MS, RD, would probably prefer an analogy to a chemistry set. "If you are chemically balanced," Heller contends, "your moods will be balanced." A lot of factors can throw the body out of balance. "A lot of women are anemic," she says. "This leads to depression and fatigue. Older people are often deficient in the B vitamins. People who don't eat regularly often have big shifts in blood sugar." People also have chemical sensitivities to certain foods that can govern mood. In a study of 200 people done in England for the mental health group known as Mind, participants were told to cut down on mood "stressors" they ate, while increasing the amount of mood "supporters." Stressors included sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and chocolate (more of that coming up). Supporters were water, vegetables, fruit, and oil-rich fish. Eight Continue reading >>

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  1. Juliann1984

    "Diabetic" Mood Swings :-)

    This discussion has 2 questions/purposes:
    1. Does anyone else deal with these "Diabetic" mood swings, where you're just fine one day, and completely irritable/depressed the next?
    2. When addressing this with an endo, I got the same answer as when I bring up any other problem, "It's the diabetes." Is everything the diabetes??? What if I weren't a diabetic, then what would it be???

  2. Ssalmond

    It does cause mood swings. I've been a diabetic for 12 years now. I'm 22. When my sugar starts bouncing nobody can hardly start to be around me. There's a youtube video on this called "diabetes monsters" an that's what they call us when we start getting crazy cause they know it's not really who we are it's the sugar. An yes I get depressed. I'm actually on an antidepressant/mood stabilizer because dealing with diabetes is so stinking hard an I never feel like I cant get ahead of it. An if you were weren't a diabetic then it would be called depression an it would be best to see a psychiatrists. Really it's good to have a therapist to talk about how you feel an let your feelings out about diabetes. That's what I've had to do an it helps alot.

  3. JackieHurt

    If my levels are too high, I am a complete witch. I don't think I get depressed really, just very tired and hateful. I do think my sugar levels have a direct link to my arthritis. Maybe I'm hateful because I'm in pain.

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