Daily BS #6 10/19/21
ADA Tweet, Diabetes & Depression,
Today’s topic: Tweet from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) concerning Diabetes and Mental Health…. I dissect the tweet.
Here’s the tweet from the ADA:
The ADA seems so ‘caring’ … doesn’t it?
The ADA wants to make sure that if you have diabetes, you need a mental health professional. Awwww… how sweet, the ADA cares about you. 🥰
Except the ADA doesn’t care about diabetics… if it did, it wouldn’t promote a high carb diet and it wouldn’t promote elevated blood sugars.
The failure to promote truly normal blood sugars for diabetics causes a great deal of pain and suffering for diabetics. The ADA’s failure to promote a truly low carb diet for diabetics increases the pain and suffering.
Responses to the ADA Tweet
My reply to the ADA tweet:
Maybe, just maybe if you instructed diabetics to maintain truly normal blood sugars with a truly low carb diet and stopped the progression of the disease... Maybe then diabetics would not need a mental health professional?
My good friend Deborah (@LCHFDetective) retweeted my reply and added her own feelings on the subject. I agree.
Steve Cooksey @diabeteswarriorMaybe, just maybe if you instructed diabetics to maintain truly normal blood sugars with a truly low carb diet and stopped the progression of the disease... Maybe then diabetics would not need a mental health professional? https://t.co/OVNvrltMqO
The ADA and the Medical Industry (like many people and groups these days) are all about creating victims. With victimhood comes pity… and even worse is self-pity.
You see, more diabetics means more victims. More victims means more donations from the public and the same corporations that profit from the diabetes epidemic…. the ADA wants and needs for diabetics to believe that they need the ADA.
Who profits from the ADA’s diabetes guidelines and dietary advice?
Big Food, Big Pharma and the Medical Industry all profit … not diabetics.
I too was depressed at my diabetes diagnosis. Who wouldn’t be???
I was told that I’d be on drug and insulin shots for the rest of my life. I was taking 4 insulin shots a day at diagnosis, one shot before every meal and at bedtime.
I was also told diabetes was a debilitating disease… and the best that diabetics could hope for was to manage symptoms (with drugs and insulin) but that disease progression was inevitable. You know the complications, strokes, heart disease, amputations, organ failures, retinopathy, and neuropathy.
Again I ask, given this wrong and harmful advice from the Medical Industry, who wouldn’t be depressed?
But my depression subsided quickly. Why?
I found a better way to self-treat diabetes!!
Soon after diagnosis I began reducing my carbohydrate consumption and exercising every day! Not a surprise ‘today’, but I was shocked how quickly my blood sugars began to normalize. Within days I began feeling better, and within 1 1/2 months, I’d weaned off all drugs and INSULIN shots!!
Not only were my blood sugar levels normalizing, but I dropped 40 lbs in a few months… getting leaner and meaner.
I didn’t need a ‘mental health pro’ then and over 12 years later, I don’t need one now.
Point Being: Yeah, if a diabetic follows the ADA guidelines, their blood sugars will remain elevated, they will stay on the high carb induced, blood sugar roller coaster… thinking that there is nothing they can do to improve their health… of course they would be depressed.
Is there a connection between elevated blood sugars (hyperglycemia) and depression?
Hyperglycemia, Diabetes And Depression
For a healthy brain… these scientific papers (below) suggest that you maintain truly normal blood sugars! … I do!
According to this paper from the ADA:
CONCLUSIONS: Depression is associated with hyperglycemia in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Boom! Bam! Pow! :)
And this, also from the ADA:
Insulin resistance is a potentially modifiable midlife risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia.
Ok, this wasn’t about hyperglycemia or diabetes specifically but insulin resistance is a root cause of Type 2 Diabetes.
Interesting and frustrating that the ADA knows that insulin resistance is modifiable … yet they promote a diet and the resulting drugs… that exacerbate hyperglycemia and insulin resistance!
Fact: Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) is harmful to every cell in the body, so it would make sense the brain would be negatively impacted by chronic hyperglycemia.
It’s known (as the studies above point out) that hyperglycemia and insulin resistance are harmful to the brain. But I was hoping to find more scientific papers showing a direct link to blood sugar levels and depression, but I ran out of time… I’ll keep looking.
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) incidence rates are, like diabetes, at epidemic levels. AD is often called “Diabetes Type 3” due to the connection between elevated blood sugars, insulin resistance and Alzheimer’s.
To help maintain good brain health, I urge you to maintain proper blood sugars and keep insulin resistance as low as possible. A truly low carb diet and daily exercise is a great start to accomplish that goal.
For more information check out my previous Daily BS newsletter post “Tree of Modern Disease” and the section, ‘How to Prune the Tree’.
That’s all for today!
Take care and truly normal blood sugars to you all. <3