Mental health and dietary options

Diabetic patients are nearly 3 times more likely to have an ‘Affective Disorder’. This is a wide variety of common conditions including depression, personality disorders, attention deficit disorder, anxiety, migraine, chronic pain and panic disorders.

Treating these diabetic patients with Metformin improves outcome dramatically.

Metformin is a generally well tolerated drug that decreases circulating blood glucose.

It does this by decreasing the liver production of glucose by inhibiting gluconeogenesis. It also increases peripheral insulin sensitivity and decreases gut absorption of glucose.

The other option is to improve diabetic control and have better blood glucose levels by having a lower glucose intake. That’s where a Low Carbohydrate and Healthy Fat lifestyle comes in.

Carbohydrate is just glucose. Cutting way back on it will improve diabetes control for both Type 1 and 2 individuals. Good blood glucose control has widespread benefits.

There is not a lot of information regarding mental health and diabetes but there is a clear association. The benefits of better control seem obvious.

If it works for diabetic patients then it makes sense that we need to consider diet to be a major factor in the mental health for all.