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Conquering Anxiety, Depression And Fatigue Without Drugs – The Role Of Hypoglycemia

Conquering Anxiety, Depression And Fatigue Without Drugs – The Role Of Hypoglycemia

The Anxiety & Hypoglycemia Relief Institute e-mail:[email protected] voice-mail:212-479-7805 (For questions regarding anxiety & hypoglycemia and New York City classes, contact Prof. Joel H. Levitt [email protected]) Stress is often blamed as the root cause for anxiety, depression and fatigue, but, although stress can make any problem worse, the source of such problems is often physical in nature. And hypoglycemia is one of the major physical causes. This article covers the following: What is Hypoglycemia? – the cause of hypoglycemia and its effects. Typical Hypoglycemia Symptoms – the wide range of mental, emotional and physical symptoms. Testing for Hypoglycemia – standard medical testing and why it is often unreliable. The Solution to Hypoglycemia – a list of dietary and nutrient recommendations, with special notes and cautions. Recommended Reading – books and other references that will give you a more complete understanding. What is Hypoglycemia? First of all, let’s be clear on one major point – hypoglycemia is not a “disease” in that you either have it or don’t, it is a condition, and, in most cases, it is fully reversible. Some types of hypoglycemia are caused by a tumor or other physical damage to a gland. However, that is rare, and not the focus of this article. The more common type of hypoglycemia – called “functional,” “reactive,” or “fasting” – is your body’s reaction to what you put in it. Hypoglycemia is the body’s inability to properly regulate blood sugar levels, causing the level of sugar in the blood to be too low or to fall too rapidly. Blood sugar, in the form of glucose, is the basic fuel for all brain operation and physical activity, including muscular. If the available fuel is too inadequate, any marginal phys Continue reading >>

Is Stress Messing With Your Blood Sugar?

Is Stress Messing With Your Blood Sugar?

Researchers have linked dozens of physical symptoms to stress overload, from fatigue to weight gain. You can add another symptom to that list: high blood sugar. (Heal your whole body with Rodale's 12-day liver detox for total body health.) When you're stressed, your body is primed to take action. This "gearing up" is what causes your heart to beat faster, your breath to quicken, and your stomach to knot. It also triggers your blood glucose levels to skyrocket. "Under stress, your body goes into fight-or-flight mode, raising blood sugar levels to prepare you for action," says Richard Surwit, PhD, author of The Mind-Body Diabetes Revolution and chief of medical psychology at Duke University in Durham, NC. If your cells are insulin resistant, the sugar builds up in your blood, with nowhere to go, leading to hyperglycemia. We have no shortage of short-term stress in our lives—from traffic jams to working long hours at a demanding job—and our stress hormones, which were designed to deal with short-term dangers like fleeing predators, are turned on for long periods of time, even though we're neither fighting nor fleeing. What we're doing is stewing, which can cause chronically high blood sugar. A prescription to take it easy The good news is, simple relaxation exercises and other stress management techniques can help you gain more control over your blood sugar, according to a study conducted at Duke University. More than 100 people with high blood sugar took five diabetes education classes either with or without stress-management training. After a year, more than half of the stress-relief group improved their blood sugar levels enough to lower their risk for the worst complications, such as heart disease, kidney failure, nerve damage, and vision problems. Study participan Continue reading >>

Foods To Avoid If You Have Ocd Or Panic Attacks

Foods To Avoid If You Have Ocd Or Panic Attacks

Panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, are types of anxiety disorders. These conditions may cause panic attacks, compulsive behaviors and obsessive thoughts, sometimes resulting in a disabling impact on one's life. These disorders may be treatable with a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Avoiding certain foods and following a diet that emphasizes nutrient-rich whole foods may also help control anxiety disorder symptoms. Video of the Day Eating foods that have a lot of added sugars -- such as soda, candy and other sweets -- raises blood glucose levels, resulting in a temporary, mood-elevated high. For some people, the stimulating surge of the sugar high may cause panic attack symptoms. Once blood sugar levels drop, this may cause a "crash," characterized by a depressed or irritable mood state, that can trigger anxiety in some others. Sugary foods may contribute to anxiety especially in people who are very sensitive to the effects of sugar, including individuals with hypoglycemia or other blood glucose disorders. It's important for people with anxiety disorders to keep their blood sugar as stable as possible by eating plenty of nutrient-rich foods including fruits, starchy vegetables and whole grains. For people with severe anxiety symptoms such as panic attacks and compulsive behaviors, limiting caffeine intake is a must. Caffeine may increase anxiety in some people due to its stimulating effects on the nervous system. You're probably aware that coffee and colas contain caffeine, but it's important to note some less-obvious food sources of caffeine include chocolate, green tea and soft drinks other than colas. Certain medications may also contain caffeine. According to the Edmund J. Bourne's "The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook" published in 200 Continue reading >>

Beating Anxiety And Phobias

Beating Anxiety And Phobias

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr The mystery of having these strange anxiety attacks coming from nowhere can be explained by a sudden secretion of adrenaline into the blood stream. Adrenaline is a hormone that converts glycogen (stored glucose (sugar)) back into glucose in order to feed the brain. When your body is suddenly deprived of glucose, causing brain starvation, adrenaline kicks in to bring these levels up again as soon as possible. (See image) This often happens to people who suffer from unstable blood sugar levels, called hypoglycemia. See Gary Null. For example, public speaking would raise adrenaline levels in most people, but people with an exaggerated fear of public speaking, these stress hormones rise up well above the norm due to possibly a pre-diabetic insulin resistance. This condition can be tested by a special medical test for hypoglycemia as explained here. You can also test yourself with a paper-and-pencil test called The Nutrition-Behavior Inventory Questionnaire (NBI) or The Hypoglycemia Questionnaire. Thus the question is why these unstable blood sugar levels? Insulin resistance may arise following a long period of excess sugar consumption. We live in a high sugar consuming society and children are especially vulnerable to the toxic effects of too much sugar in the diet. Sugar can be toxic because it can create free radicals, damaging cells and attacking organs in the body as in aging, cancer, arthritis and various other degenerative diseases. The body sets up a defence mechanism in the form of insulin resistance. It aims at stopping the absorption of glucose. See also for statistics for Hypoglycemia in community. When we suffer from insulin resistance it means that the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin that Continue reading >>

Anxiety Symptoms: 8 Surprising Triggers

Anxiety Symptoms: 8 Surprising Triggers

You might be surprised at some of your daily habits and lifestyle choices that could make you experience temporary symptoms that feel like anxiety. Skipping meals: Waiting too long to eat or missing out on breakfast may lead to unsteady blood sugar levels, which can cause anxiety-like sensations, including shakiness, dizziness, confusion, and difficulty speaking. Prevent these blood sugar swings by eating frequent small meals and keeping snacks on hand. Being dehydrated: Dehydration can cause more than just thirst and dry lips. It can also set the heart racing and make you feel light-headed and dizzy, all sensations that are common during anxiety attacks. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stave off any "thirsty" mood swings. Consuming caffeine: Many people depend on their morning coffee for a jolt of energy and to kick-start their powers of focus and attention. But since it is a stimulant, caffeine can also kick-start feelings of anxiety. The jitters, shakes, and irregular heart rhythm you might get after a dose of caffeine can feel an awful lot like a panic attack, especially if you are already susceptible. Caffeine is also a diuretic, meaning it makes you urinate more and can lead to dehydration (see above). Drinking alcohol: Where caffeine shakes you up, alcohol often smoothes over the rough edges of anxiety - at least for a little while. But as you drink more - and as your body digests the alcohol - you can experience confusion and physical symptoms that resemble anxiety. For people with anxiety disorders, alcohol can become a problem especially when used as an emotional crutch or a way to "self-medicate" against their symptoms. Smoking: Research has shown that many smokers have a history of anxiety disorder. This does not mean that cigarettes o Continue reading >>

How To Get A Grip On Panic Attacks

How To Get A Grip On Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are distressing for sufferers, and when severe can have debilitating effects on their general well-being and quality of life. Now, new research suggests that they might substantially increase the risk of the most common killer of all - heart disease. A recent study presented to the American Psychosomatic Society in California suggests that during panic attacks, blood supply to the heart muscle declines should considerably. This condition, the medical term for which is 'myocardial ischaemia', may result in angina (heart pain), and may trigger a heart attack. So, successfully controlling panic attacks may offer significant benefits for physical, as well as emotional, well-being. Conventional approaches to panic attacks are based on tranquilliser medication and mental approaches such as psychotherapy. However, panic attacks are very often amenable to a natural approach. Dietary changes, coupled with the use of natural remedies, are very often successful in controlling and even eliminating attacks as well as anxiety. The term 'panic attack' is usually used to describe episodes of rapid, shallow breathing known as 'hyperventilation'. Common symptoms include light-headedness, tingling in the hands and/or feet and a feeling of anxiety. One dietary component which appears to increase the risk of panic attacks is caffeine. A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that levels of anxiety and depression correlated well with the degree of caffeine chromium tion by panic attack sufferers. In some individuals prone to anxiety just one cup of coffee was enough to trigger symptoms. I generally advise that people suffering from anxiety and/or panic attacks eliminate all sources of caffeine (e.g. coffee, tea, caffeinated soft drinks and chocolate) from t Continue reading >>

Blood Sugar Imbalance And Its Impact On Your Mental Health

Blood Sugar Imbalance And Its Impact On Your Mental Health

Riding the blood sugar roller coaster day after day can impact your mental health. The highs followed by crashes may accentuate the symptoms of a mood disorder. Research has tied processed, refined sugar consumption to an increased risk of depression and can worsen the outcomes of schizophrenia. Blood sugar in the form of glucose is the basic fuel for all brain operation and activity. If it is inadequate, mental health systems can start to shut down. Glandular imbalances will result as the glands struggle to regulate the sugar level. This can cause symptoms such as high adrenaline which can look like anxiety, panic attacks or violence. Just by making tweaks to your diet you can improve your blood sugar regulation and your mental health. The Impact of Blood Sugar Dysregulation on our Mental Health By now, most of know that sugar and processed foods are bad for our heart, cholesterol and waistline. But not as much attention is giving to what it does to our brain. Here is what Happens You eat a meal or have a drink with excess sugar. Say you start your day with a bagel, muffin or donut, or have cereal with milk, banana and some OJ. The pancreas releases insulin to bring glucose to the cells but because of the high amount of sugar, the insulin response is excessive About 2 hours later so much sugar has been put into storage that you now have low blood sugar and are feeling weak, shaky, brain fog, fatigue, change in mood (depression) and cravings The body responds to this as an emergency so it dumps adrenaline into the system. This causes anxiety, racing heart, irritability, anxiousness, panic, outbursts and more You reach for a processed carb or sugar product to get your sugar levels back up. Thus, the cycle begins again. This cycle contributes to chronic inflammation in th Continue reading >>

Panic Attacks: How Do I Stop Them?

Panic Attacks: How Do I Stop Them?

A panic attack is a sudden feeling of intense fear or disabling anxiety. It can result in such acute distress that a person fears they are losing control or dying. Knowing how to prevent feelings of panic from spiraling out of control is an important skill for people who experience panic symptoms. Conditions such as stress and anxiety can lead to panic attacks. Heart conditions and blood disorders such as anemia can cause similar symptoms. The intensity of the attack typically peaks at around 10 minutes, but symptoms can persist beyond that. A panic attack usually occurs without warning and may be unrelated to any real danger or apparent cause. They may even wake a person from a sound sleep. An estimated 1 in 10 people in the United States (U.S.) experience occasional panic attacks. Twice as many women have panic attacks than men. Panic attacks are an overreaction by the amygdala, or the fear center of the brain Symptoms include a racing heart, sweating, difficulty catching breath, and a feeling of impending death or doom. Twice as many women than men experience panic attacks. Preparing calm breathing techniques and mindfulness strategies can help to keep panic attacks at bay. Symptoms To stop a panic attack, a person first needs to recognize the symptoms and warning signs. A panic attack will lead to at least four of the symptoms below: a pounding, racing heart sweating shaking shortness of breath choking sensation chest discomfort nausea dizzy, feeling faint feelings of unreality or detachment tingling or numbness chills or heat sensations fear of losing sanity fear of dying Although panic attacks can be terrifying for an individual, they typically last between 10 and 20 minutes and are not life-threatening. There is not always a clear pattern to panic attacks. Some p Continue reading >>

Tips For Dealing With Anxiety And Diabetes

Tips For Dealing With Anxiety And Diabetes

While diabetes is typically a manageable disease, it can create added stress. People with diabetes may have concerns related to regularly counting carbohydrates, measuring insulin levels, and thinking about long-term health. However, for some people with diabetes, those concerns become more intense and result in anxiety. Read on to find out more about the connection between diabetes and anxiety and what you can do to prevent and treat your symptoms. Research has consistently uncovered a strong connection between diabetes and anxiety. One study found that Americans with diabetes are 20 percent more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety than those without diabetes. This was found to be particularly true in young adults and Hispanic Americans. The link between anxiety and glucose levels Stress can affect your blood sugars, though research tends to be mixed as to how. In some people, it appears to raise blood glucose levels, while in others it appears to lower them. At least one study has shown there may also be an association between glycemic control and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, particularly for men. However, another study found that general anxiety didn’t affect glycemic control, but diabetes-specific emotional stress did. Other research has found that people with type 1 diabetes seem to be “more susceptible to physical harm from stress” while those with type 2 diabetes weren’t. One’s personality also seems to determine the effect to some extent as well. People with diabetes may become anxious over a variety of things. These can include monitoring their glucose levels, weight, and diet. They may also worry about short-term health complications, such as hypoglycemia, as well as long-term effects. People with diabetes are at higher ri Continue reading >>

Panic Attacks (panic Disorder)

Panic Attacks (panic Disorder)

"All of a sudden, I felt a tremendous wave of fear for no reason at all. My heart was pounding, my chest hurt, and it was getting harder to breathe. I thought I was going to die." "I'm so afraid. Every time I start to go out, I get that awful feeling in the pit of my stomach, and I'm terrified that another panic attack is coming or that some other, unknown terrible thing was going to happen." Symptoms of panic attacks usually begin abruptly and include rapid heartbeat, unpleasant chest sensations, stomach upset, tingling, and severe anxiousness. While panic disorder can certainly be serious, it is not immediately physically threatening. A variety of treatments are available, including several effective medications, and specific forms of psychotherapy. People who have panic attacks can use a number of lifestyle changes like aerobic exercise, avoiding triggers like alcohol, caffeine, and illicit drugs, as well as stress-management techniques to help decrease anxiety. What's Your Biggest Fear? Phobias The above statements are two examples of what a panic attack might feel like. Panic attacks may be symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Historically, panic has been described in ancient civilizations, as with the reaction of the subjects of Ramses II to his death in 1213 BC in Egypt, and in Greek mythology as the reaction that people had to seeing Pan, the half man, half goat god of flocks and shepherds. In medieval then Renaissance Europe, severe anxiety was grouped with depression in descriptions of what was then called melancholia. During the 19th century, panic symptoms began to be described as neurosis, and eventually the word panic began being used in psychiatry. These episodes are a serious health problem in the U.S. At least 20% of adult Americans, or about 60 million peo Continue reading >>

-chapter 2- Low Blood Sugar & Mental Health Problems

-chapter 2- Low Blood Sugar & Mental Health Problems

low blood sugar depression and neurotransmitters Natural Treatment and Remedies The premise of this chapter is that in people with mental health problems including depression, anxiety, addiction and bipolar syndrome fluctuations in blood sugar can exacerbate and trigger intense bouts of worse symptoms. The human brain requires a huge amount of fuel to make enough energy to function and it suffers an immediate decline in function when it runs low on fuel. The brain relies almost exclusively on glucose or sugar for energy which it draws directly from the blood, furthermore the brain does not store glucose and only stores tiny amounts of glycogen (reserve glucose) in reserve for times when our blood sugar levels fall. The brains high demand for glucose and its lack of reserves means the brain is highly dependent on a steady supply of sugar from the blood and when blood sugar levels fall either too low or just too quickly the first part of the body to suffer is the brain and consequently our mental function. What happens when blood sugar drops is it diminishes the brains capacity to produce neurotransmitters, transmit signals and perform essential maintenance. Almost everyone will be familiar with this effect, it’s the ‘spaced out’ shaky, irritable feeling and difficulty in concentrating we experience when we haven’t eaten anything for too long. In people without mental health problems this is just an unpleasant experience but in people with mental health problems that already have poor brain function a bout of low blood sugar that compromises brain function even further can trigger a bout of more intense symptoms of the problem, for example it could trigger a wave of increased depression, anxiety or OCD and as you may have already noticed once an intense bout of yo Continue reading >>

How To Deal With Hypoglycemia Anxiety

How To Deal With Hypoglycemia Anxiety

I have strong memories of hypoglycemia anxiety from my early days of living with Type 1 diabetes. I would wake up anxious throughout the night. I was dreaming. I had always hated math, but after weeks of constant carb counting, recording my blood glucose levels, and noting my insulin doses, I had numbers in my head all night. That made me anxious, and so did the fear of hypoglycemia. Sometimes early in the morning, my blood sugar would drop low, making me shaky and sweaty. Those are the symptoms of a panic attack, but also of low blood sugar. Every day people with diabetes (PWD) who use insulin risk hypoglycemia (a low blood sugar level). Each time they check their blood glucose, PWD have to examine the reading and decide how to proceed. We are balancing the need to maintain good blood glucose control with the fear of hypoglycemia. This fear is well founded. Hypoglycemia is not just unpleasant and embarrassing- it can be fatal. I counsel people with Type 1 diabetes, and one of the most stressful parts of diabetes for many people is the experience of being hypoglycemic. I have met a number of people who let their blood sugar levels run high in order to have a break from the lows. Many of them live with substantial guilt about this coping strategy. They often worry about the long-term effects of their elevated blood glucose levels. The fact that they choose the guilt and worry over the risk of going low shows how intensely they fear hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia anxiety can diminish their quality of life, and often results in an ongoing elevated blood glucose level that causes other health issues. However, we can treat hypoglycemia anxiety and find the courage and motivation to maintain good blood glucose control. There are effective methods to reduce and manage anxiety. Cog Continue reading >>

Can Anxiety Raise Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, And Cholesterol?

Can Anxiety Raise Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, And Cholesterol?

My doctor just said my anxiety has raised my systolic rate, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Can anxiety actually do this? Behaving in an apprehensive manner (anxiety) causes the body to produce the stress response. The stress response immediately secretes stress hormones into the bloodstream where they travel to targeted spots in the body to bring about specific physiological, psychological, and emotional changes that enhance the body's ability to deal with a threat - to either fight with or flee from it - which is the reason the stress response is often referred to as the fight or flight response. Part of the stress response changes include elevating heart rate (which increases blood pressure) and increasing blood sugar so that the body is better equipped to fight or flee. When stress responses occur infrequently, the body can recover relatively quickly from the physiological, psychological, and emotional changes the stress response brings about. Consequently, the stress response changes are temporary. Under normal circumstances, these changes quickly subside and present no long-term effects. When stress responses occur too frequently and/or dramatically, however, the body has a more difficult time recovering, which can cause the body to remain in a semi hyperstimulated state, since stress hormones are stimulants. We call this semi hyperstimulated state, stress-response hyperstimulation. A body that becomes stress-response hyperstimulated can maintain the stress response changes long after a threat has passed. These changes can cause a persistent increase in blood pressure and blood sugar. In this case, yes, frequently behaving anxiously can cause blood pressure (including the systolic rate - the top number in a blood pressure reading) and blood sugar to rise. Moreove Continue reading >>

Panic Attacks And Low Blood Sugar: Can They Be Related?

Panic Attacks And Low Blood Sugar: Can They Be Related?

Suddenly, you feel sort of woozy. Something feels “off”, but you can’t put your finger on it. Then, your heart starts beating faster, and you feel the need to sit down, sleep or vomit. You sort of feel that your body is pleading for something, but what exactly does it want? You continue to wonder as your body begins to sweat. These symptoms begin to worry you, of course. “Is this a panic attack?” you ask yourself. After all, if you’ve experienced anxiety before then you know these uncomfortable sensations. You know what a racing heart and a woozy head usually signify. However, could potentially something else be amiss? Quite possibly! It could well be Hypoglycemia? The word “hypoglycemia” is just a fancy way of saying “low blood sugar” and according to Edmund Bourne’s The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, hypoglycemia’s main symptoms (light-headedness, trembling, feelings of unsteadiness) overlap with the symptoms of panic. Well, that spells trouble, doesn’t it? So…when you’re feeling unwell, how can you differentiate between panic and low blood sugar? How can you know that what you’re feeling is “just” a bout of low blood sugar that will disappear with a glass of orange juice, a sweet or a decent meal? Well unless you have a glucose meter, you sort can’t. (Although, for the record, they’re not too expensive ). But you can calm your nerves a bit by learning about hypoglycemia, its causes, and ways to prevent it. So here we go; Low Blood Sugar – What You Need to Know. 1. A drop in blood sugar can occur in response to stress. 2. When your brain isn’t getting enough sugar, you experience an adrenaline rush. But seriously, low blood sugar signals our adrenal glands to kick in and release adrenaline and cortisol, which causes you to fee Continue reading >>

Conditions Linked To And Confused With Panic Disorder

Conditions Linked To And Confused With Panic Disorder

There are two medical conditions that come up very frequently in consideration of panic disorder. They are said variously to be confused with the disorder because of a similarity of symptoms or to be related to it because they occur together. They are reactive hypoglycemia and mitral valve prolapse. The more important condition is reactive hypoglycemia. Reactive Hypoglycemia Hypoglycemia means low blood sugar. It is not an illness but simply a physical finding. It can be caused by a number of conditions of varying seriousness, and in turn can cause a variety of symptoms which seem at first glance to resemble those of a phobia. These include lightheadedness, shakiness, sweating, weakness and fatigue, nervousness, fast heart- beat, blurring of vision, and tingling of lips and tongue- among others. They are relieved promptly by raising the blood sugar to a proper level. The terms “reactive hypoglycemia” or “functional hypoglycemia” are used vaguely to refer to a condition in which someone for undiscovered, or undiscoverable, reasons overreacts to the ingestion of sugars by a rise and then an abrupt fall in blood sugar levels, precipitating the symptoms listed above. There is some doubt about whether reactive hypoglycemia actually exists. There is no question that the great majority of times the diagnosis is made, it is made in error. Anxious people (often phobics who are concerned about the possibility of suffering some obscure physical illness) come to the attention of a careless physician who performs a glucose tolerance test and without further investigative procedures informs them that they have hypoglycemia, which will have to be treated by eating five or six meals a day for the rest of their lives. Or the patients may be self-diagnosed, matching up their symp Continue reading >>

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