How depression can spiral out of control in diabetics
Diabetics have a higher risk of depression. Of course they do -- you'd be singing the blues yourself if you had to put up with everything a diabetic does.
Drugs... blood tests... insulin shots... and let's not forget the pain, pain, pain that often tags along with this disease. And what do you get for all the drugs, pokes and pain? A higher risk of heart disease and an early death, that's what.
It's amazing that diabetics even manage to keep sane!
But if you're a diabetic yourself, don't let the disease (or anything else) bring you down -- because new research confirms that even mild depression can worsen the condition and everything that comes along with it.
Four or more episodes of mild depression over five years will triple your risk of poor function, including mobility problems and problems with daily activity. Those same four episodes of depression -- again, even mild depression -- will boost your risk of poor quality of life by 250 percent.
Even a single bout with mild depression can take a toll, boosting your risk of poor function by 50 percent, according to the study in Diabetes Care.
Of course, if you suffer problems with mobility, function and quality of life, you're more likely to get more depressed. And if you're more depressed, you're probably not going to take very good care of yourself -- making the diabetes even worse.
It's a vicious cycle that can spiral out of control in a hurry.
You don't have to let this happen to you. You can beat diabetes and boost your mood at the same time, and that's with a diet of minimal carbs, no sugars and plenty of the fresh animal fats and proteins you crave.
Instead of battling disease and depression, you can send the disease in remission and feel better than you have in years.