Diabetic/Insulin Resistant Problems: Getting a blood sugar spike in the middle of doing work.
Long story short, I have OCD and insulin resistance. Here’s the thing: I noticed that when I get a really bad blood sugar issues, my OCD is enhanced 10 fold. Everything has to be just so, I have to repeat things, and I show compulsions that otherwise lie dormant. Today while talking to Sam (HI SAM!), I decided to research it and see if there was any connection. Sure enough, I found this.
Too much insulin secretion after meals or even in a fasting state, causes the blood sugar level to drop or prevents it from rising at all. In a desperate attempt to feed the brain, the body goes into stress mode and churns out adrenaline to try to bring glucose back into the bloodstream. The brain, starved for glucose, is altered in its functioning and excess adrenaline is causing feelings of panic and anxiety, making OCD symptoms worse.
I found several other sources that all state that unstable blood sugar can increase OCD and anxiety symptoms. THIS IS BIG NEWS FOR ME! I’m looking to start psychiatric treatment soon for my anxiety, and I feel like this information will really help me. It may even make sense to start testing my sugar at times when I get an OCD or anxiety attack so I can log if there is a correlation. Okay, this is just me being a geek now about the possibility of scientific and psychiatric research.
But yeah, thought I’d share this information in case there’s anyone else out there like me.