Annual Screening could prevent depression in people with type 2 diabetes
Well, well, well – there’s a vast elephant in this room and I’ll tell you why but let’s begin at the beginning… It looks like this diabetic association didn’t do their homework properly otherwise they would also have known that depression in women aged 45 -55 is four times higher than the national average (a UK stat btw) AND, these women are all experiencing huge hormonal changes because of menopause (which contributes to Type 2 diabetes anyway).
Hormones, hormones, hormones! You can AVOID Type 2 Diabetes or even EAT your way out of it, with a commitment to lifestyle changes, including nutrition and, yes, get that body moving!
What is alarming about this article is that it was published by a serious body of people at www.diabetes.co.uk from research carried out by another serious body of people – The Mayo Clinic in the USA. To add weight to their argument, the article goes on to say that The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) states that “people with a chronic illness, such as diabetes, are three times more likely to have depression”. The article then suggests that the researchers from the Mayo Clinic will need to gather more health data to extend their knowledge.
It seems to me that this is a great opportunity for the academics in the fields of nutrition, gynaecology and psychology to get round a table and share their respective information as they will probably find that their combined research has a lot in common and indeed crosses over, especially where women, hormones, depression and diabetes are concerned.
Apart from the fact that annual screening will not be provided by the NHS due to the cost and lack of resources, screening is not the answer and a much more cost-effective method of of advising everyone how to make changes to their lifestyle will go a long way to a) reduce Type 2 diabetes, b) help women deal with the very real and often disabling symptoms of menopause and c) balancing their hormones will help towards resolving all of the above and especially depression which, by the way, in women of a certain age is probably hormonal depression rather than the mental health variety, needing a quite different and more cost-effective, treatment route.
Conclusion: forget screening, balance your hormones, take small steps to change your lifestyle, move your body a bit more and help yourself to avoid Type 2 Diabetes, heart attack, stroke and many other degenerative diseases that start to affect women because they are post-menopause and estrogen deficient.
The elephant in the room? Menopause! The taboo subject that must be addressed for the future health and happiness of womankind.
Kathryn Colas is Founder and CEO of Simplyhormones, pioneers in delivering support and training everyone affected by menopause both individually and in the workplace.