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Hurricane Katrina Causes Diabetes
By C. Devin Hastings
"Hurricane Katrina Causes Diabetes" may soon be a real headline.
This article will explain what you need to know before you or someone you
know are unpleasantly surprised.
Though the debate still continues as to the exact cause, Type 1
(having to use insulin) is thought to be the result of an
inappropriate autoimmune response in the body.
What apparently happens is that
the body attacks the Beta cells of the pancreas believing them to be
invaders. These insulin-producing cells are therefore destroyed to a
significant degree and "Hey Presto! Instant Diabetes".
Type 2 diabetes (not needing insulin) is caused by insulin
resistance which is generally the result of obesity though now there is a
blurring of boundaries between Type 1 and 2.
Now, with the above in mind, the question is, how the heck could a
hurricane cause diabetes? Well, regarding Type 1 diabetes a theory that
may prove correct or incorrect is that an autoimmune response may be
precipitated by on going stress of such intensity that the inflammation
caused by chronically high levels of cortisol leads to an immune system
However, regarding Type 2 diabetes I think there is a very clear and
direct connection. For the sake of brevity I will not cover all pertinent
details because the purpose of this article is to convey an idea that may
be worth considering.
So, "Hurricane Katrina Causes Diabetes" may be a reality when you
look at two groups of persons. First, are those directly affected. Many
people, when stressed sufficiently, will eat more than they need. I am
willing to bet that over the next 5 years, if the direct victims are
tracked, many of them will become obese and get diabetes; even those
without a genetic predisposition.
The second group are those who, though not directly involved with the
disaster, are vicariously involved to the point where they begin to gain
significant amounts of weight due to poorly managed stress.
Both groups may also, to some degree, be affected by a type of
hyper-vigilance that creates an on going 'fight or flight' response that
can lead to insulin resistance. Untreated insulin resistance not only can
lead to diabetes but, to its corollary,
hyperinsulinemia which is also very dangerous.
So, what is an answer? For both groups, effective stress management tools
are a must. I believe that being taught self-hypnosis is the best, most
cost-effective answer. If insurance companies want to save a lot of money
over the next decade then it is definitely in their best interests to
somehow get their insured clients strongly involved in stress reduction
Stress reduction may also mitigate some of the potential harmful,
autoimmune responses that Katrina may induce in those who are susceptible.
If these ideas are taken to heart, maybe the headlines might read:
"Katrina Almost Caused Diabetes".
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