Type 2 Diabetes and Depression in Childhood

Dr. Fran Cogen Health Pro January 04, 2011
  • Over the past few weeks, Children's National Medical Center has noted an increased frequency of new diagnoses of Type 2 Diabetes in children. In previous blogs, I quoted numerous dire statistics about the increasing frequency of this diagnosis. According to the latest statistics compiled by the Ameri...

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  • Ted Hutchinson
    Jan. 06, 2011

    It seems to me any inflammatory condition is bound to have adverse consequences on brain function as indeed it will have an impact on the immune system. Almost without exception people with diabetes are also deficient in natural anti-inflammatory agents such as Vitamin D3, Magnesium and omega 3. Deficiencies of any/all of these are associated with depression...

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    It seems to me any inflammatory condition is bound to have adverse consequences on brain function as indeed it will have an impact on the immune system. Almost without exception people with diabetes are also deficient in natural anti-inflammatory agents such as Vitamin D3, Magnesium and omega 3. Deficiencies of any/all of these are associated with depression however it is relatively easy and cheap to correct these with effective strength supplements. However to enable omega 3 to function, levels of competing omega 6 seed oils have to be reduced. 

    We should also not overlooked the powerful anti-inflammatory anti-oxidative effects of melatonin. This also has a role in protecting against mitochondrial dysfunction. Making sure children go to bed sufficiently early in DARKENED bedrooms (digital displays dimmed or removed from bedrooms) and are not subjected to light pollution at night will help melatonin secretion while getting OUTSIDE in bright sunlight at midday will also help reset circadian rhythm and natural melatonin secretion. 

    I think we also have to remember that human DNA evolved with humans living mainly outdoor lives, eating seasonal, organically grown, free range locally grown/caught foods.

    We therefore need to deal with all the deficiency states I've listed above simultaneously as each of these act in synergy with the others and for the system to be balanced and perform well each has to be optimal. 

    • Dr. Fran Cogen
      Health Pro
      Jan. 06, 2011

      Thank you for your informative commentary.

      Dr.Cogen