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Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
And Diabetes

Post traumatic stress syndrome is a very unpleasant condition to have, causing the sufferer extreme anxiety, nightmares and flashbacks.

These symptoms of course lead to other unpleasant side effects such as aggressive behavior, avoidance of places and or situations, enforced isolation and a general sense of being disconnected from life and the people around them.

It is not surprising to realize that many suffers come from an army background where they may have experienced horrific scenes and long periods of stress and anxiety.

Because of the high numbers of sufferers of post traumatic stress syndrome within this group of people they were chosen for a recent study in the effects of PTSD and diabetes.

Although previous studies had shown an increased in the development of diabetes amongst sufferers of depression, no such link had been connected with PTSD. However a recent study of 44,000 active service men who were suffering with the symptoms of PTSD has shown that a link does exist.

It is believed that the increased likelihood of diabetes amongst this group of people is due in some way to the way our bodies respond to stress.

A stress response triggers a series of chemicals to be released into our blood streams and it is these chemicals which it is believed causes a lower sensitivity to insulin, which is the hormone responsible for regulating our blood sugars.

Of the service men tested those who had experienced a terrible trauma or some other episode which had triggered the post traumatic stress syndrome, the risk of diabetes had doubled and that .3 percent had developed diabetes within a 3 year period of the syndrome first occurring.

This news report clearly shows a need for PTSD to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible before it can have these other negative effects on the lives of these sufferers.

The treatment of PTSD often initially consists of a combination of medication and psychotherapy, however long term reliance on medication is not recommended. Instead a combination of cognitive therapy and relaxation is the best course of treatment and one with better outcomes and stress relief.


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