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  1. Jurriaan Plesman
    January 22, 2012

    The argument that we cannot ignore the stresses of life in anxiety attacks is s valid one. 
    The problem with talking about the stresses of life, is to know whether these stress reactions to life’s situations are appropriate or exaggerated. Of course, stress situations interferes with the synthesis of serotonin. Just as well, because we don’t want to feel too happy and relaxed to deal with the stress situation. We need a boost in energy to help us deal with the situation. That is the function of stress hormones: convert energy sources in the body into glucose so our brain can deal with the problem.
    On the other hand, it may happen that the body tends to over-produce stress hormones, not because of environmental events, but because of an internal metabolic imbalance, due to a silent disease, like hypoglycemia, or other illness that interferes with glucose metabolism.
    People who tend to over-produce adrenaline, may tend to OVER-REACT to environmental situations and contribute to “stresses of life”.
    This may leave the impression that the”symptoms” of anxiety are the causes of mood disorders.
    Of course, environmental stresses and traumas can interfere with the production of feel good neurotransmitters. And that Is why it is so important to eliminate any nutritional/biological factors, before assuming it is “psychological”.

    The best strategy is to adopt the hypoglycemic diet, when experiencing a stressful life, whether rational or irrational. After all the hypoglycemic diet is an excellent “anti-stress diet”.

  2. Helene
    January 26, 2012

    My daughter has type 1 diabetes and controls her blood sugars with an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor. Lately she has been experiences extreme panic and anxiety attacks. Could this be from too high blood sugar levels? When she has an anxiety attack the stress causes her sugar to rise therefore she gets more insulin. Seems a vicious cycle??? Please let me know what you think . Thanks

    • Jurriaan Plesman
      April 18, 2012

      Diabetes I  is a different kettle of fish from diabetes II. But you are right that excess adrenaline production does tend to raise blood sugar levels. This may happen if too much insulin is injected, lowering BSLs and causing brain energy starvation. This triggers adrenaline production.  It seems to be a question of injecting the right amount of insulin. I suggest  you discuss this with the doctor in charge who is in s better position to handle this. 

  3. graeme meakin
    August 3, 2012

    Thanks for your valuable site. I have an environmental allergy (certain moulds) and during certain seasons (autumn & spring) when mould levels are high, suffer from excess adrenalin. This makes my life a misery until I remember the hypoglycemia connection and get my diet and coffee consumption back on track. Your advice re taking glycerine is working – I keep a tablespoon of it in a little water by the bedside and take it when the adrenalin spike hits (usually 3am-ish) and go back to sleep instead of ruminating on the gloomy bits of life. A bit of adrenalin is fun, but too much is a pain in the bum – taking away confidence and the desire to go out there and live fully. I think many (most?) mental conditions have physiological bases or components – given our sugary diets, excess coffee and alcohol consumption, the excessive sensory stimulation we cope with day-to-day, adrenalin production is bound to be all over the place – even without chronic factors like allergies. Lately we have seen a lot of adverse publicity re sedative-type medicine and, having fallen into the trap of taking some of them myself when I first developed my allergy symptoms, I can say that diet, exercise, and meditation is hugely preferable – and more effective long-term.

  4. Larry
    September 29, 2012

    I think too much glucose causes anxiety. When you drink caffeine it triggers your glycogen storage to send glucose into the blood stream So this “hypoglycemic” diet doesn’t make sense.

  5. Larry
    September 29, 2012

    “When an anxiety reaction is paired with a recurrent idea which then functions as a stimulus to that response”

    Don’t quite understand that sentence

    • Jurriaan Plesman
      October 21, 2012

      Try to understand it in this way: When we are anxious, we produce stress hormeosn – adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones are also focussing hormones. When you are threatened by a tiger, stress hormones keeps you focussed on the tiger and nothing else.

      But the same stress hormones, however produced by a metabolic disorder, also forces you you to focus on a single thing. Whatever the thing is, it is triggered by an internal drive not because of an external danger. Now when this happened whilst entering a lift, a lift is “paired” to a stress reaction, and you have a lift phobia. The objet of the stress reaction is now the lift.

      Does hat make any sense?

  6. Greg Weber
    March 27, 2013

    A very clear description of how blood sugar levels interact with emotional states. The idea of panic being caused by a brain energy starvation alarm makes so much sense. Thanks for this interesting angle about panic attacks.

  7. Jurriaan Plesman
    February 1, 2014

    If you want to join a facebook page where you can learn more about the connection between mood disorders and nutrition go to:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Mentalillnessnutrition/

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