When It’s More Than The Blues
By: Dr. J. Murray Hockings
I know of many people who get a little down this time of year. They love summer, and many of them even like the fall, but they don’t look forward to the winter months.
We all feel a little down every now and then. However, for diabetics, the blues may be worse than just feeling a little down.
There have been some studies that suggest that there is a higher likelihood of depression for people with diabetes. The researchers think it may be due to the stress associated with living with the disease and worrying about the future.
Since many diabetics also experience other health issues such as heart disease or neuropathy, it’s likely that the added diagnosis of diabetes may make it seem like everything is going wrong.
It’s important to stay vigilant about your mental health. If you notice one or more of these changes, you may want to seek out some help:
- You lose interest in the day to day activities that you’ve always enjoyed. If activities that once brought you pleasure suddenly just seem like too much effort.
- Your sleep habits change. Either sleeping more or sleeping less than normal.
- You’re eating habits changes. Either eating more than usual or eating a lot less than normal.
- Trouble focusing on tasks. If you suddenly can’t seem to concentrate on the book you’re reading, the movie you’re watching or the chore you’re doing.
- Suicidal thoughts. This is obviously one of the most extreme signs and if you ever have these thoughts seek help immediately!
Other than number 5 above, experiencing some of these feelings on occasion for a short time is normal.
However, if you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, or any of the other signs of depression, for an extended period and you just can’t seem to snap out of it, please reach out to your doctor.
Depression doesn’t have to be a “normal” part of your life.
Testimonial Of The Month
“My name is Anthony Cox. About 3 months ago, in March I started this program. When I first came in it was 12.1. As of today, it’s reading 7.2 Fortunately, I was not on any medication. I’m one of the lucky ones. No meds, no insulin to be weaned off. I’m happy that I have a chance to take the program.
My blood sugar been under 120 pretty consistently the last few weeks. When I first started out it was well over 200, but consistently now I’m under 120 my last
reading this morning was 107, but I’ve been as low as 78.
I started at 225. I’ve lost 25lbs. Have had to get a new wardrobe. Nothing was fitting properly anymore.
It was great all the calls from Dr.D, and just the encouragement to keep going, and when I hit some plateau’s he helped me through those as well.
It’s been well worth it for me. I’m thrilled to not be on meds and to not had to go that route. I would recommend it to anyone.”
– Anthony Cox
Diabetic Neuropathy – What You Should Know
One all too common health issue associated with diabetes is diabetic neuropathy.
Neuropathy is nerve damage which can cause numbness, tingling, and pain in the extremities – the feet and hands.
About 50% of people with diabetes will develop neuropathy. The longer someone has diabetes, the greater the likelihood of getting neuropathy.
However, by staying on your Help Your Diabetes program and reversing your Type 2 Diabetes, you are greatly reducing the risk that you will develop neuropathy.
Additionally, until your diabetes has been reversed, you should continue to stay aware of how your hands and feet are doing.
- Examine yourself every day for blisters, sores, cuts, callouses, etc. This is especially important for your feet since you don’t look at them as often, so it can be easier for a small cut to become infected.
- Keep your skin moisturized to avoid cracking which can lead to serious sores and infection.
- Wear shoes that fit well, and slippers around the house.
- Keep your feet clean and dry and be particularly careful to dry your feet thoroughly after a shower or bath.
- And of course, reverse your Type 2 Diabetes!
How To Avoid Kidney Disease
For Type 2 diabetics, kidney disease is another health risk to be aware of.
In the United States alone, there are over 26 million people with chronic kidney disease. This means their kidneys can’t clean the toxins and waste from their blood like they should.
Unfortunately, it looks like this number may only increase in the coming years.
This is due to the increase in other diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, all which can lead to kidney disease.
Kidney disease is something that can sneak up on you by developing slowly, over many years.
That’s why it’s so important to stick to your Help Your Diabetes program and reverse your Type 2 Diabetes before you develop this disease.
In the meantime, have your doctor do simple blood and urine tests to track your kidney health.
Also, keeping your blood pressure under control and avoiding over the counter medicines that have harmful side effects can help keep your kidneys healthy.
Pain relievers such as Motrin, Advil, Aleve, and Naprosyn can damage your kidneys if taken in high doses and/or for long periods of time.
Of course, never stop taking any medication, over the counter or prescription, before you talk to your doctor.
Keeping yourself healthy means you have a much better chance of keeping all your systems healthy and functioning properly.
So, stay on the program and take good care of yourself!
Interesting Sleep Apnea Facts
In recent studies, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Type 2 Diabetes have been found to be linked. Even in diabetics who are not overweight.
Researchers are trying to raise awareness of this link, because there is an enormous number of people who have either one or both diseases.
OSA is the most common type of sleep-disordered breathing and accounts for over 80% of all sleep apnea cases.
According to research, up to 40% of the people who have OSA are also diabetics.
In addition, diabetics are 60% more likely to have some form of sleep-disordered breathing compared to people who aren’t diabetics.
If you suffer from sleep apnea and have questions, feel free to reach out to your Help Your Diabetes doctor for answers!
Please Help Us
We are on a mission to help reverse diabetes in over 1 million people, but we need your help. If you know someone who has Type 2 Diabetes, please tell them to contact us so they can get more information about how we can help them. If you’re reading this newsletter and you have Type 2 Diabetes, but you haven’t joined our program yet, we would love to help you become one of our success stories. Contact us about how you can get involved with our program and reverse your diabetes once and for all. Call us at (800) 321-9054 or email at [email protected]
Dr. J. Murray Hockings, D.C. has been practicing for 26 years. He has owned 5 previous healthcare centers and is the Founder/CEO of Help Your Diabetes in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Hockings has seen over 20,000 patients in his career and is an internationally recognized expert in natural health.
Dr. Hockings helps patients with Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease and Weight Loss conditions. Dr. Hockings is the Author of the books “Imagine Living Without Type 2 Diabetes” and “Send Your Doctor Packing”. He appeared on TV for 7 years, educating patients on how they can become healthy without using medications or surgery.
Dr. Hockings had a 30-minute documentary done on him and his Diabetes program that was featured on Discovery Health Channel in March 2015.
To view this documentary, go to this link. www.HelpYourDiabetes.com/about-us/documentary
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