” You can’t always control circumstances, but you are able to control your personal thoughts.”
Discussed in this newsletter:
1) The Sleep-Diabetes Connection.
2) Sleep and Depression–a short lived Overview
3) How A Hypnotist Will help.
The Sleep-Diabetes Connection
” Declare the past, diagnose the existing, foretell the longer term; practice these acts. As to diseases, make a habit of two things?to help, or a minimum of to do no harm.” (1)
Unfortunately sometimes a strategy to one problem creates another. Which means that, from time to time, to assist is to inadvertently invite harm. Doctors are faced with this dilemma everyday.
For example, if a diabetic patient is depressed then, anti-depressants might possibly be one solution. The challenge is that anti-depressants and lots of other medications could cause insomnia. (2)
This brings us to this text’s main point: The ‘Hidden Condition’ that frustrates doctors and hurt diabetics—Sleep disorders.
Sleep disorders had been linked to exacerbating or perhaps precipitating diabetes in addition as depression.
Allow me to elucidate more fully: It’s known that poor sleep robs people of their health more often than not. But, for diabetics, it may well actually cause a worsening of their condition. Within the 2001 annual meeting of the yankee Diabetes Association, a study was presented that warned that a protracted lack of sleep could cause way more serious problems than an inclination to get sleepy behind the wheel.
The study found that individuals who don’t get enough sleep regularly are inclined to become less sensitive to insulin through the years. This will raise the danger of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. In point of fact, consistent with Bryce A. Mander, the study co-author, it turns out that chronic sleep deprivation–6.5 hours or less of sleep a night–has an analogous effect on insulin resistance (3) as aging.
Furthermore, in keeping with the study director, Dr. Eve Van Cauter of the University of Chicago, healthy adults who averaged 316 minutes of sleep a night–about 5.2 hours–over 8 consecutive nights secreted 50% more insulin (4) than their more rested counterparts who averaged 477 minutes of sleep a night, or about 8 hours. Accordingly, ” short sleepers” were 40% less sensitive to insulin.
What is fascinating is that the poor sleep/excess insulin (hyper-insulinemia) connection has not received the awareness it deserves. Even the Mayo Clinic is seemingly blind to this connection. Please review the next definition of hyper-insulinemia given by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER):
” The term hyper-insulinemia means abnormally high levels of insulin to your blood. It’s not a disease.
Instead, it could actually indicate an underlying problem that’s causing your pancreas to make and release too much insulin. Insulin helps regulate blood sugar.
Causes of hyperinsulinemia include:
Insulin resistance. This occurs when your body doesn’t use insulin properly. Risk factors include a family history of insulin resistance, lack of activity, obesity and polycystic ovary syndrome.
A tumor of the pancreas (insulinoma), which secretes excess insulin.
Hyper-insulinemia doesn’t cause signs or symptoms. But if it ends in abnormally low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), signs may include sweating, weakness, slurred speech, confusion and seizures.
Hyper-insulinemia is usually associated with type 2 diabetes” By Mayo Clinic staff —December 10, 2003″ ( http://www.mayoclinic.com/invoke.cfm?id=HQ00896 )
Here is the challenge with the preceding information: Apparently it should not be fully accurate. This concept is put forth because the preceding Mayo definition states that:
(a) Hyper-insulinemia is absolutely not a disease and that
(b) Hyper-insulinemia has no signs.
Addressing the first point that hyper-insulinemia just isn’t a disease:
Hyper-insulinemia is a now well recognized to be a predictor of diabetes. Also important to note is that excess insulin could cause or significantly contribute to the onset of heart disease and premature aging in addition as diabetes.
Also consider that insulin is a storage hormone produced by the body to lower blood sugar by sending it into the cells. Through the years, excess blood sugar and insulin stresses the system and the cells become less responsive. This condition is named insulin resistance.
Also note that in his best-selling book Protein Power, Dr. Michael Eades wrote:
” When insulin levels become too high… metabolic havoc ensues with elevated blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, diabetes, and obesity all trailing in its wake. These disorders are merely symptoms of a single more basic disturbance in metabolism, excess insulin and insulin resistance.”
It could also be understood that excess insulin promotes smooth-muscle growth in blood vessel walls, which contributes to the formation of plaques. Artery walls become thickened and stiff, causing blood pressure to rise.
So, to classify hyper-insulinemia as a non-disease seems slightly short sighted when, if it was treated with more concern and urgency as a disease, then perhaps other disease states may well be avoided.
Now, let’s study the second point that hyper-insulinemia has no signs. Wouldn’t it make sense to think that perhaps it has symptoms and signs not yet recognized or associated? In my view, this condition does have a number of symptoms: Low blood sugar reactions (moodiness, irritability, sweating, confusion, etc..), weight gain, elevated triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
And there are possibly a bunch of alternative signs that accompany excess insulin levels. The question to ask is Who is calling for them? The answer? Not too most people will. Hence, no generally agreed upon signs or symptoms.
If nothing else, the preceding should challenge people who can, to seek to eliminate or validate the concept that hyper-insulinemia is indeed a health crisis of a major degree and, that it’s treatment will have untold benefits.
Sleep and Depression–a short Overview
Poor sleep and depression form a really vicious circle.
It is easily noted that poor sleep contributes to depression. During a webcast on August 21, 2003, James C. O’Brien, M.D., FCCP, ABSM stated that:
” During REM-stage sleep is where we learn situations and incorporate situations and take care of emotions that, unless we cope with it properly, will affect us when it comes to our daytime functioning on a mental, emotional level.”
The point is that feelings of depression which might be caused just by poor sleep, can adversely affect somebody’s ability to take proper care of their health. Hence, good sleep is mainly important for diabetics because sadness or depression induced by poor sleep will have deleterious consequences never mind the actual physical problems noted earlier.
Health care workers also needs to note that in step with the National Sleep Foundation 2002 Annual Sleep Survey, almost 74% of usa citizens don’t get enough sleep each night. The survey also found that those with sleep problems are twice as more likely to feel stressed and tired.
The preceding facts are said to alert those that treat diabetics that:
(a) There is a fantastic chance that their diabetic patients are tormented by a nap disorder and
(b) a nap disorder can frustrate their attempts to treat their patients for diabetes.
Something else that might interest people who treat diabetics is that sleep apnea treatment can lower glucose levels in diabetics. (5)
How A Hypnotist May also help
All the preceding information and discussion takes us to our next point. Now that that is recognized that good sleep is utterly essential as an adjunct treatment for diabetes and pre-diabetes, doesn’t it make sense that a non-medicated way to good sleep for these conditions can be reasonable as a vital, first effort treatment?
I state ‘first effort’ because the dictum, ” First do no harm” would seem to suggest that drug therapy needs to be a second treatment approach because some drug medications can sometimes cause other problems.
So what is a safer, first approach treatment for good sleep? Hypnosis.
William S. Kroger, M.D., states in his book Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis that ” Hypnosis effects improvement in acute cases of insomnia. Often a single session is efficacious in restoring the sleep cycle, particularly if auto-hypnosis has been taught on the initial visit.”
Karen Olness, M.D. and Daniel P. Kohen, M.D. in their book Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy With Children, note right here:
” Hurwitz, Mahowald, Schenck, Schulter, and Bundlie (1991) described the successful use of hypnosis in 27 adult patients with sleep terror disorders. Seventy-four percent reported much or greatly improvement with the use and practice of self-hypnosis.”
Bear in mind that in the event you go to peer a hypnotist for a diagnosed sleep disorder (or any other diagnosed medical condition) the hypnotist will need to have your doctor’s consent before treating you. In this referral, it should be clear that you’ve got been cleared of any disorder that a hypnotist cannot or won’t treat that could be causing your sleep problems.
As a final note: A hypnotist truly can make a large difference in someone’s quality of life and health due to helping them to sleep better. When you have not been sleeping well and, it sort of feels to be worsening other conditions than, no less than try a hypnosis for better sleep CD. The are hundreds available on the web.
C. Devin Hastings
” Speak well to yourself because your deep mind is usually listening.”
(1) Hippocrates in his Epidemics, Bk. I, Sect. XI.
(2) National Sleep Foundation Sleeptionary TM About Insomnia.
(3) Insulin resistance is a significant component typically of diabetes. Insulin resistance is a condition through which the body cannot properly utilize normal amounts of insulin.
(4) The more insulin someone’s pancreas has to supply, the more likely that’s that finally the beta cells that produce insulin inside the pancreas, will break down.
(5) Archives of Internal Medicine–February 28th, 2205