Since lots of people who’ve taken atypical antipsychotics have developed diabetes or are on the way to developing diabetes, it’s important for anyone with any metabolic issues that have been caused by psych drugs to know the information shared in the below video and the links I share. Also, it’s important to know that if you’ve taken psych drugs, you may have some of these problems without realizing it. These issues are societal wide but those of us who’ve taken psych meds have a substantially higher risk. Conventional medicine only diagnoses diabetes once the disease process has moved quite far along. So if you learn about the risk factors now you might be able to stop the process and get healthy and never develop diabetes!
This is a good intro to what is going on with diabetes type 2 and the metabolic issues that lots of people have prior to a full-blown diagnosis.
Many of us who’ve been on psychiatric drugs (really any psych drug) have insulin resistance even if we’ve not developed diabetes yet. It’s worth learning about even if you’ve not gotten to the point where your doctor calls your issues diabetes. The fact is, as this video speaks to, diabetes is a late stage in the disease process. If you catch it early enough you don’t have to develop diabetes.
Again, it seems that most people who’ve been on psychiatric drugs have insulin resistance. You may not know this and your doctor may not know enough to figure it out either. Learn how to take care of your body before it becomes full-blown diabetes and while you can still reverse the disease process.
I have had significant metabolic issues and many of them are much better since I changed my diet. I continue to tweak things and learn more and more. Much of what I’ve learned about diet and nutrition is collected on this archive page: Nutrition and gut health
All of what I write about on that page is actually also supportive of moving AWAY FROM DIABESITY. I just have never used that language nor concentrated on diabetes, because I’ve never developed it. I was, indeed, moving in that direction, however, and I clearly do have some metabolic problems associated with the many years I was on psychiatric drugs. In any case, the fact is, that healthy eating is healthy eating and most chronic illness and disease responds to very similar sorts of lifestyle changes! The sooner you make changes the more likely you will move into old age and remain healthy.
When it comes to psych meds and weight gain and getting fat and trying to change eating habits, I understand it’s very difficult. I write about those issues here: Psych meds and fat. Learn what you can. It takes time to make changes but the more we learn the easier it becomes.
From Chris Kresser’s archive page on diabesity:
Obesity, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes have reached epidemic proportions. There’s not a person reading this article who isn’t affected by these conditions, either directly or indirectly. Yet as common as these conditions are, few people understand how closely they’re related to one another.
It is now clear that not only do these conditions share the same underlying causes – and thus require the same treatment – they are 100% preventable and, in some cases, entirely reversible.
Because of these similarities, Dr. Francine Kaufman coined the term diabesity (diabesity + obesity) to describe them. Diabesity can be defined as a metabolic dysfunction that ranges from mild blood sugar imbalance to full-fledged type 2 diabetes. Diabesity is a constellation of signs that includes:
● abdominal obesity (i.e. “spare tire” syndrome);
● dyslipidemia (low HDL, high LDL and high triglycerides);
● high blood pressure
● high blood sugar (fasting above 100 mg/dL, Hb1Ac above 5.5);
● systemic inflammation; and,
● a tendency to form blood clots.
It’s almost impossible to overstate how serious and far-reaching a problem diabesity is. It affects more than one billion people worldwide, including 100 million Americans and 50% of Americans over 65. Recent statistics suggest that diabesity may already be the leading cause of chronic disease and death in the world, and its impact is expected to rise dramatically in the next 25 years.
In this series, we’re going to get the bottom of the diabesity epidemic. We’ll leave the conventional model of understanding diabesity – which is now about 40 years old – in the dust and replace it with an updated 2010 model that reflects the current scientific literature. We’re going to uncover the real causes of of diabesity, and we’re going to find out exactly how it can be prevented and even reversed in the majority of cases.
If you like Mark Hyman these are some of his books:
Eating wholesome whole read food is important for body/mind/spirit health and well-being. I’ve written a lot about my adventure with diet and healing here: Nutrition and gut health, Mental health and diet
And you can find more Foodie Friday posts and recipes here.