Research has clearly linked mental health with physical health. And the latest findings in metabolic psychiatry help highlight the connection. Improving metabolism by balancing blood sugar and reducing inflammation through a ketogenic diet and lifestyle recommendations can have a profound effect on mental illness—all without medication.
Reversing 26-Years of Depression and Diabetes in Three Months
A case study of a 65 year-old woman who had been struggling with depression and type 2 diabetes for 26 years helps show the potential of Metabolic Psychiatry (Cox 2019). While the woman was on both diabetes medication and an antidepressant, she still had uncontrolled diabetes and struggled with depressive symptoms. As a different approach, her doctors recommended a ketogenic diet, an exercise program and therapeutic counseling.
Within three months of instituting the changes, the woman no longer qualified for a diagnosis of diabetes or depression, reversing 26 years of pathology. Upon testing, her depression score dropped from 17 to zero and her blood sugar values normalized. Based on the results, and other published research, the authors strongly suggest that lifestyle interventions can improve or reverse diabetes and treatment-resistant depression when utilized appropriately.
Nutritional psychiatry shows similar benefits by identifying and treating common nutritional deficiencies that cause or contribute to symptoms. Deficiencies in vitamin D, vitamin B12, folate, magnesium, zinc, iron and others can contribute to mental health symptoms and are often overlooked. With proper testing and treatment, these issues can be identified and treated, improving or resolving a patient’s mental health concerns.
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Our next Fellowship begins in January and covers nine key areas of functional medicine. The coursework gives you an advanced tool kit combined with an incomparable community of support to help you learn and your patients recover.
One past fellow, Dr. Podolski, shared, “It completely changed my practice, the way I work with patients and patient outcomes.”
If you want to learn the latest research-based metabolic and nutritional psychiatry treatments, join our next fellowship session starting January 2024!
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