Diabetes and Bipolar – How often do these go together?

Prior to all those medications (psychiatric drugs), how much was excess carbohydrate consumption badly influencing my mood?

I am not saying it was my number one stressor/trigger. I’ll share about that another time, however…

What was I eating and drinking prior to being assessed by psychiatry?

  • I ate bread and either potatoes, pasta or rice every day
  • I would eat a few biscuits and pieces of cake every day
  • I worked for a multi-national food manufacturer with access to unlimited half-price confectionery and with chocolate/candy dispensing machines positioned throughout the offices.
  • I drank lots of orange juice = 10% sugar every day
  • I was consuming semi-skimmed milk (fat reduced but still 5% lactose = sugar!)

Was I balancing all this carbohydrate with healthy dietary fat?

  • I considered avocados, olives (and organic foods) to be too expensive
  • I was minimizing use of butter, cheese and reluctantly ate lean meats rather than the tastier fatty meats
  • As a family we regularly fried foods in cheap non-organic toxic vegetable oils from plastic bottles
  • We ate ready-meals and fast-foods that arrived in plastic containers

I believed I had a good diet!

As a food scientist I knew what happens to animals such as dogs kept on a High-Carb/Low-Fat (HCLF) diet – they get sick!

I did not believe I was sick. I was a very busy person burning off all that carbohydrate my body did not need. I was not dying but I was not sleeping well-enough or thinking clearly enough.

My diet was depriving me of just about every key nutrient!

I was most likely short of vitamins C, B vitamins including niacin and B12, D, E, K1, K2. So much of the carbs I was consuming were so processed that they were nutritionally of almost no use at all to my brain.

Although slim, I was not healthy and am sure I was already heading towards diabetes by the time I was prescribed Olanzapine. Olanzapine being a drug known for its ability to increase body weight and make diabetes more likely. It even says this in the leaflet that comes with it.

I had to change diet to get physically and mentally healthier/fitter.

 

About Roger Smith (in the UK)
Helping you to think about bipolar disorder in different ways so that we can eliminate the disorder and eventually eliminate the need for this diagnosis.

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