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Re: Sugar/Carb cravings part of Bipolar?

Posted by Noa on February 24, 2001, at 12:48:06

In reply to Sugar/Carb cravings part of Bipolar?, posted by KarenB on February 24, 2001, at 11:49:10

I think there are a number of things that can cause sugar/carb cravings. Apparently, it is associated with atypical depression, which is the type of depression that more often occurs with bipolar spectrum illnesses. However, from my recent reading, and awareness of my own experience, I have become aware that these cravings can be associated with insulin resistance, which can also be associated with other hormonal problems such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrom (PCOS), which also can cause depression. I have many signs and symptoms of PCOS, though the lab tests were not conclusive. I definitely have insulin resistance, though, and have the intense carbo/sugar cravings that go with it. These have lessened DRAMATICALLY since 1) starting regular exercise and 2) going on oral contraceptives.

So, perhaps you might want to explore the hormonal connection, as well as the psychiatric/psychological. Some books to see are "Screaming to be Heard" by Dr. Eliz. Vliet, and "Women's Moods" by Dr. Deborah Sichel, and PCOS --I forgot the author's name--I'll find it and get back to you.




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