I thought I would talk a bit more about depression and type 2 diabetes as it is a problem for many of us. COVID-19 did not do much to help out with that either.
For those of us already suffering the ill effects of depression, having to stay at home or shelter at home or whatever, being at home all the time was not a healthful option for us. I know I would have some very dark days when I wanted to do nothing but sleep. I spent a lot of the first three months of the pandemic either in my bed or in my recliner sleeping.
Taking a second look at depression and type 2 diabetes
Undoubtedly, I will touch on this topic many times in this blog. Depression not only affects people with type 2 diabetes, of this, I am well aware but I am merely drawing the correlation between the two and how one can have effects on the other.
In his excellent book, How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger has a whole chapter on how not to die from suicidal depression.
According to the 2018 version of the book nearly 40,000 Americans were taking their own lives annually and depression appeared to be the leading cause.
Because of the nature of his beliefs and his books, Dr. Greger believes that a proper diet could take care of many of our problems not only with our bodies but also with our minds.
I am not talking about occasional sadness here. I am talking about major or serious depression that can rock a person to their core.
According to his book, depression is “characterized by weeks of such symptoms as low or sad mood, diminished interest in activities that used to be pleasurable, weight gain or loss, fatigue, inappropriate guilt, difficulty concentrating, and recurring thoughts of death.”
There is compelling evidence that foods like chicken and eggs which contain arachidonic acid may be “impairing our mood by inflaming the brain.” In fact, the top five sources of arachidonic acid in the Standard American Diet (remember this is a SAD way to eat) are chicken, eggs, beef, pork, and fish.
Dr. Greger shares that “chicken and eggs alone contribute more than the other top sources combined.”
Since a great deal of my diet along with that of other Americans consists of these types of foods, it may come as no surprise that we suffer from depression.
We will look into this a bit further in another article, but for now, let’s just assume that we are going to see a lot more problems with inflammation-causing foods directly affecting not only our physical health but our mental health, as well.
Couple a bad diet with type 2 diabetes and depression and you probably have found a viable reason for several problems.
My dear friend Silas who is a therapist and a HeartMath coach works in the realm of how important our hearts are to creating and living healthy lives including our mental health. You can find out more about Silas, HeartMath, and an upcoming course he will be offering. Space is limited to 10 participants, so make sure to sign up early if you are interested. I will be taking the course, too, so it could be a great way for us to connect, too.
Silas also has some really cool blog posts related to the stuff he teaches and lives by!
There are many ways to deal with depression, and HeartMath is one that can help in so many ways!
Who determines what a proper and healthy diet is? Some doctors or health gurus will say that you need a diet filled with protein. They will say the best way to get that is from meat.
Well, as we briefly saw above, meat causes inflammation in the brain! Do we really want that? I am guessing we don’t!
Other doctors and their followers or protege will tell you that you can only eat vegetables.
We will dive into different ways of eating in a future article, as well.
It was Hippocrates who said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
This quote recognizes the important connection between good food and the healing powers that it can have.
It would appear that there is a direct relationship between our mental health and our physical health. Watch for future articles where we will tie them together.
My new normal
Today was not a good day for eating or for my blood sugars. I am up to 80 units of Basaglar at bedtime and that has been a bit of a stressor. But it is all a part of my journey to becoming medication independent!
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About the author
Karin Nauber is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 25 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 12 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at email@example.com.