Being aware that diabetes is a serious problem and knowing your own risk factor are the first steps in preventing this disease. This is even more important in light of research showing a connection between obesity, depression and diabetes.
According to Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing, in a study in which 2,662 women from different ethnic backgrounds found a few interesting twists and turns.
For starters, African-American women and Caucasian women were the only racial categories in which the overlap between depression and diabetes was statistically significant.
When the data was adjusted to account for central adiposity (belly fat), depression ceased to be a factor for increased diabetes risk in the case of Caucasian women. But African-American women, who were depressed, were two and a half times more likely to have insulin resistance and an increased risk of developing diabetes, even after central adiposity was factored into the equation.
What you should take from these results is that, “while you are certainly better off not having any of these conditions, you really don’t want all of them,” says Dr Wright.
Luckily, there are some approaches that’ll help you prevent all three.
Use these tips to help reduce the risk of obesity, depression and diabetes
First, sugar elimination is a must for all three, as well as regular exercise.
“It’s also a good idea to make sure your digestive system is functioning well and that you have adequate levels of stomach acid,” says Dr Wright. Poor digestion and low amino acids have been shown to cause depression.
Dr Wright also recommends that once you get your stomach acid checked and normalised, start taking a supplement that includes all eight essential amino acids: Isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.
However, if you experience depression, add B vitamins (B12 and folic acid) and the trace minerals rubidium and lithium, to your amino acid intake.
The best part? It doesn’t matter whether the relationship between depression, diabetes and obesity is a chemical one, or an environmental. What matters is that you can address all three of these conditions using natural approaches. And the less you’re affected by any of them, the better you’ll feel.