Video by Dr. Dawn Elise Snipes on integrative behavioral health approaches including counseling techniques and skills for improving mental health and reducing mental illness.

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~ Learn more about diabetes
~ Explore the overlap between diabetes, depression and other autoimmune issues.
Diabetes—Blood Sugar Imbalance
~ Insulin helps the body’s cells use blood sugar for energy
~ Lack of insulin means inability for the body to effectively metabolize the blood sugar  High blood sugar
~ Insulin levels may be out of balance because of
~ Destruction of beta cells in pancreas (autoimmune (worsened by stress))
~ Too much blood sugar / insufficient insulin production / insulin sensitivity
~ Thyroid dysfunction
~ HPA-Axis: Inflammation, sleep deprivation, anxiety, PTSD
~ Eating Habits: Processed foods, continual eating

~ Diabetes Type I (Insulin Insufficiency)
~ Usually diagnosed in children, teens, and young adults, but it can develop at any age
~ Caused by an autoimmune reaction that destroys beta cells in the pancreas which prevent or hamper the body’s ability to make insulin
~ Other autoimmune issues (fibro, lupus, MS, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis) increase risk for Type I diabetes

~ Diabetes Type 2 (Insulin Resistance in Cells)
~ Impacts about 10% of the population
~ Also may be autoimmune in nature
~ Risk Factors
~ Overweight and obesity due to the eating habits which result in a nearly constant flow of insulin or frequent insulin spikes
~ Circadian rhythm disruption
~ When your cells are consistently exposed to insulin or exposed to frequent floods of insulin, they become less sensitive to its presence (insulin resistance). Consequently, the pancreas makes more insulin to try to get cells to respond. Eventually your pancreas can’t keep up, and your blood sugar rises, setting the stage for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. (Similar to drug tolerance)

Symptoms of Blood Sugar Imbalance
~ Symptoms Hyperglycemia
• Increased thirst
• Frequent urination
• Headaches
• Difficulty concentrating
• Blurred vision
• Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
• Weight loss
• Blood sugar more than 180 mg/dL

~ According to the CDC approximately
~ 13% of American adults have diabetes
~ 35% have prediabetes
~ Diabetes is an autoimmune condition
~ Autoimmune conditions cause and are caused by inflammation
~ Inflammation hyperexcites the HPA-Axis
~ Inflammation and HPA-Axis overactivation are associated with depression and anxiety
~ All people with depression and anxiety should be evaluated for autoimmune issues including diabetes
~ Integrative recovery plans should focus on reducing inflammation, regulating the HPA-Axis to prevent or mitigate any autoimmune issues.

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