Depression Linked to Insulin Resistance

by | Feb 12, 2021 | Resilience

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Depression is big business and has a huge impact on the American economy. And poor diet causing insulin resistance contributes to this.

Investigators in a study of adults in the Netherlands found patients with major depressive disorder were 51 percent more likely to have insulin resistance compared to their counterparts without depressive disorder. In addition, in individuals experiencing current depression, insulin resistance was also associated with depression severity and depression chronicity.

Depression is big business and has a huge impact on the American economy. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 12.7 percent of Americans over the age of 12 took anti-depressant medications and one-fourth of persons who took antidepressant medication had done so for 10 years or more.And in 2013, the cost of treating depression was $71 billion.

The Netherlands study does not prove that depression is caused by insulin resistance, only that there is an association between the two conditions. To find out what you can do in your own home to reduce insulin resistance in yourself and your family, check out our Understanding Carbohydrates guidebooks.

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