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Antidepressants Increase Risk Of Diabetes, Heart Attack, And Dementia

Antidepressants Increase Risk of Diabetes, Heart Attack, and Dementia

Antidepressants Increase Risk of Diabetes, Heart Attack, and Dementia

Extensive studies show that antidepressant medications increase the risk of diabetes. Other concerns like heart disease and dementia are also suspect. America is in a sea of prescription drug use and many individuals struggle with adverse effects. Oftentimes, the medications are prescribed with no cessation of use in sight. Long-term adverse effects may not be known, understood, or perhaps not even revealed by drug companies, yet the consumer faces a number of challenges that might be dismissed as aging, stress, or just bad luck. Information is the key to making informed choices. If you are on antidepressant medication, be aware!
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Antidepressants and New Onset Diabetes: A Disconcerting Trend
A 2012 study evaluated three groups of adult participants (total number of participants 168,435) who were free of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer at the baseline. Participants were followed for several years. After reviewing and adjusting for diabetes risk factors, high cholesterol, hypertension, and BMI/body mass index, it was found that the participants who used antidepressant medications had an increased risk of new onset diabetes compared to those who did not use antidepressant meds. Both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors/SSRI’s (e.g. Prozac, Zoloft, etc) and tricyclic antidepressants were associated with the elevated risk of new onset diabetes.
Another 2012 study evaluated 44,715 adults. Researchers evaluated antidepressants (SSRI, SNRI, tricyclic antidepressants,) and benzodiazepines. During the eight-year study, 6.6 percent or 2, Continue reading

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Diabetes And Depression - No One Should Ever Have To Filter Their Feelings

Diabetes And Depression - No One Should Ever Have To Filter Their Feelings

No one can ever prepare you for the day when you hear you're being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
You never think it will ever actually happen to you; that one day you'll just get ill and you'll never ever get better or cured.
That every day you'll be required to give insulin injections knowing full well that you need them to keep you alive but those same injections could also potentially kill you.
I mean, if someone told you that now, that you're a Type 1 Diabetic, how would you feel?
You're probably thinking 'Hey, it's no big deal!' and you'll just carry on your life as normal, right? But, have you ever thought about the mental aspect of it all? How would you feel then?
For me personally, when I got the news it was as if my whole world had been turned upside down. Especially because I had been diagnosed at the age of 30.
My whole life up until that point had been 'diabetes free' and then suddenly I was being told about injections, insulin, hypos, hypers, ratios, carb counting, adjusting, doses, corrections, bolus, basal etc. The list was endless and it was just so much to take in. Suddenly the realisation that my life was changing forever was pretty petrifying.
It really effected my mental health too and to be honest, when I got diagnosed, that wasn't something I had initially thought about; not really.
I already suffered from depression and anxiety previous to my diagnosis. Up until that point I had managed to get it under control to a degree and I was medication free. However, being given some news as life changing as that can have a traumatic effect on your mental sta Continue reading

4 Easy Ways to Take Control of Your Diabetes

4 Easy Ways to Take Control of Your Diabetes

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By Lori Zanini, RD
Receiving a diabetes diagnosis can be both difficult and surprising. However, type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that can be self-managed successfully. This means that there are many factors in your control that you can improve upon daily in order to help lower your blood sugar and prevent complications from diabetes. With a few simple changes, you can start to see improvements in your blood sugar right away. Try these four easy strategies that will make an immediate difference.
1. Hydrate Properly
One of the first changes to make is to look at what you are drinking throughout the day. When you are properly hydrated, your blood is well-diluted and your blood sugar levels decrease. Reducing, and ideally eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages can make an instant improvement in your blood sugar. This includes avoiding sodas, fruit juices, and sports drinks and taking a close look at what you put in your coffee. Try to replace your sweetened beverages with healthier options. While water is always the number-one choice, you can also switch to flavored seltzer water; unsweetened almond milk; low-sodium, broth-based vegetable soups; herbal teas; and hydrating vegetables that contain more than 90 percent water such as cucumbers, radishes, green bell peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes.
2. Make a Move
There’s no need to run a marathon or hit the gym every day of the week. Slight improvements in your daily movement can start to improve blood sugar right away. Start with small, realistic changes, like taking 10- to 15- minute walks after one Continue reading

Amputations, depression and feeling judged: What it can be like to live with diabetes

Amputations, depression and feeling judged: What it can be like to live with diabetes

Every day last year, it is likely that someone with diabetes in Wales woke up in a hospital bed without a toe, foot or leg.
A total of 404 amputations were carried out in 2016, according to Diabetes UK.
Amputations result from nerve damage, ulcers and infections.
Only a small fraction of diabetes patients have to undergo such procedures but their impact is lifelong.
Gwyneth Price, of Swansea , was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a 10-year-old and has now had both lower legs amputated.
Gwyneth recalled bouts of extreme thirst before she was diagnosed many years ago.
“Then you start the journey — it was all glass syringes, steel needles and urine testing back then,” she said. “You had to be admitted to hospital to be stabilised.
“I did my insulin injections — one a day — myself, usually in my thighs, occasionally my arms. I went through a phase when I hated it, but you just to learn to cope with it.
“My parents kept me close. They wanted to shelter me, more than anything. But I wanted to take the bull by the horns!”
Gwyneth’s complications surfaced in 2008, with a lack of feeling in foot nerve detector tests. Her fourth toe in her right foot became gangrenous and was amputated.
The following year she noticed her right foot had started shrivelling.
“The surgeon said they were going to have to do a lower leg amputation,” said Gwyneth, who lives with her partner in Wallace Road, St Thomas .
“It was that, or not living much longer — you don’t really have a choice at the time.”
Six weeks later Gwyneth was wearing a prosthetic leg and was back at h Continue reading

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Through Fasting

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Through Fasting

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By Dr. Edward Group
Guest writer for Wake Up World
Type 2 diabetes, sometimes referred to as adult-onset diabetes, doesn’t have to be permanent. Fasting and calorie restriction can help you get control of your blood sugar, lower your blood pressure, and even help reverse type 2 diabetes. But, before we get into how fasting can undo the damage of type 2 diabetes, we first need to understand how type 2 diabetes affects the body.
How Does Type 2 Diabetes Develop?
Diabetes develops when fat accumulates in areas of the body that shouldn’t accumulate fat. It all starts with an abundance of fat in your muscle tissue. Typically this is caused by a family history, poor diet, or sedentary lifestyle. This fat is called intramuscular fat. It’s like the marbling on a steak, only it’s inside your muscles, and it causes insulin resistance — the characteristic that distinguishes type 1 diabetes from type 2.[1, 2] Even worse, intramuscular fat causes muscles to produce toxic fat metabolites like ceramide and diacylglycerol (DAG). These toxins also contribute to insulin resistance.[3]
High Insulin Levels Lead to a Fatty Liver
When blood sugar is high, the pancreas produces insulin to lower blood sugar. However, insulin resistance causes the liver to stop responding to insulin.[4, 5] In fact, the liver keeps producing sugar despite a high level of sugar in the blood. Consuming food that’s high in sugar is like throwing gas on the fire, and the abundance of sugar is converted to fat and stored in the liver.[4]
When the liver accumulates fat, non-alcoho Continue reading

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