This One Natural Treatment Questions The Connection Between Diabetes and Mood Swings
Research shows that high protein diets have a negative affect on mood, particularly in diabetics, and that the only natural treatment for healing diabetes mood swings lies in adjusting the diet.
The connection between Diabetes and mood swings has long been accepted as part of the condition. The effects evident in people with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes include hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. Both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia can have detrimental effects on cognition and mood. Hyperglycemia can lead to tiredness and poor visibility, while hypoglycemia includes tiredness and tension. With a natural treatment for mood swings for diabetics in sight, diabetics no longer have to grapple with how to manage their brain fog and mood.
In a study of the prevalence of anxiety in adults with diabetes, the rate of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) was found to be around three times higher than that reported in the general population. However, rates of panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and agoraphobia were found to be within range of those who reported participating in the community study.
Anxiety is Generally Caused By Lack Of Glucose In The Brain
The typical diet for a diabetic involves a drastic lowering of sugar or carbohydrates in the diet. In fact, the fear of fruit impressed upon diabetic patients by practitioners only serves to add to their anxiety. For example, they’re told a banana is too high in carbohydrates, but are taught to bolus for a slice of pizza or a bowl of pasta, or a candy bar after a sugar low. Go figure.
The reality is, diabetics may temporarily feel better after eating pizza, pasta, or even that candy bar because carbohydrates are what the brain needs at that moment to function properly. However, while the body will immediately uptake those ‘bad’ carbs, they aren’t and ideal fix for healing anxiety, the liver and the pancreas in the long term. A study published in the Journal Frontiers In Nutrition confirms that consumption of fruit was associated with lower anxiety, depression, and emotional distress than consumption of crisps or chocolate.
Adding fruit and more vegetables to the diabetic diet, aids in digestion, gut health and, calms anxiety by making its bioavailable natural sugar, minerals and nutrients available to the brain and other bodily processes. Fruit and vegetables are the only foods on the planet that are loaded with a balance of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber and carbs. No other food on earth can touch the nutritional balance of fruits and vegetables.
That being said, withholding natural foods from a body created by nature will only serve to have a negative affect on its processes as we are seeing the case of the diabetic. A high protein low carb protocol only leaves them deficient in natural sugars, minerals and mineral salts, vitamins, and fiber necessary to keeping the gut cleansed and health and the brain functioning optimally, while also healing the pancreas.
The body works well with fruit since fruit is made for easy digestion by nature. Getting nutrients quickly and efficiently helps the brain as well as the body to do its healing work. The glucose from these foods only serves to improve brain and muscle function, ending the tiredness and fatigue accompanied with hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia that occurs with diabetes.
High Carbohydrate diet vs. Low Carbohydrate Diet, Which Affects Mood More?
A case report from the University of California confirms that a reemergence of anxiety and panic disorders have appeared in people on an “Atkin’s style” diet, which are high protein, low carbohydrate diets. In fact, high protein diets we shown to worsen panic anxiety because of ketosis’s affects on serotonin levels. Panic anxiety however, disappeared within seven days when carbohydrates, such as fruit and vegetables, were reintroduced into the diet without recurrence.
Interestingly, findings from another study from the University of Iowa show how an acidic diet, such as one high in protein and low in carbs, affects the body’s pH claiming a hypersensitivity to acid in the brain appears to be part of inherited vulnerabilities to panic attacks.
Increase Those Carbs!
Lack of so-called good sugar found in fruits and vegetables is the missing key to healing the liver, pancreas, mood swings and subsequently reversing Type 2 diabetes. So many Type 2 diabetics on high protein diets are dealing with obesity, and the inability to lose weight due to fatty liver. With liver backed up from a high protein diet, and the gut health poor, the body’s cells become enervated and mood is affected. A high carbohydrate diet high in fruit and vegetables, along with monitoring blood sugar levels, is key to healing fatty liver, gut health and ultimately breaks the connection between diabetes and mood swings.
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