Health Problems among People with PTSD and Diabetes

By BreC Latest Reply 2015-02-06 22:27:56 -0600
Started 2015-02-02 09:25:42 -0600

Health Problems among People with PTSD and Diabetes

By Matthew Tull, PhD
Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) Expert
Are PTSD and diabetes connected in some way? PTSD has been found to be associated with a number of different physical health problems such as heart, respiratory, digestive, and reproductory problems and disease. In addition, PTSD has also been found to be related to autoimmune diseases such as arthritis and diabetes

PTSD and Diabetes
Studies have found that individuals with PTSD are more likely to have diabetes…

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-02-06 22:27:56 -0600 Report

BreC, thanks for sharing this article. Really interesting. Another reminder that our systems are all interconnected. Body, mind, spirit.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-04 22:03:47 -0600 Report

Hi BreC
I have been dx. with PTSD for 6 years now. I knew something was
terribly wrong with me, I just had no idea what. I was physically and mentally abused in my past marriage and am too a rape survivor. I had traumatic flashbacks and still do. Just not so bad after 6 years of therapy and medication therapy. I will probably be on medication
for the rest of my life. Atleast that's what predicted by my dr.this is okay though. I can cope and love again that's what's important to me.
Hugs. VL

jayabee52 2015-02-05 02:31:30 -0600 Report

important to me too because you opened the door to your heart!

Those who continue to make you jump and think it is funny better hide next week cause I'm coming, and they'll hear from me about it.

wildtigger2 2015-02-02 18:57:17 -0600 Report

My son did 3 tours in Iraq. He was medically discharged due to it. He suffers from a very big paranoia of government and big companies.
I am an adult survivor of physical an emotional abuse as a child by my dad. Been through a lot of therapy so I would not repeat the abuse. Still have issues and flash backs.

BreC 2015-02-02 16:54:32 -0600 Report

Thanks to one for helping me bring this post to you all. She helped by adding the link to the article. PTSD has had an impact on my family and I know first hand what it can do to those affected by it. Please if you suspect that you suffer from it, Please get help. And if you know someone who is affected, lend a heartfelt shoulder and suggest they get help. Preaching won't help and may drive one further inside themselves but hopefully giving them a non judgemental ear will save a life.

Refined Ruffian
Refined Ruffian 2015-02-02 10:18:22 -0600 Report

Thank you for sharing this.

As a military civlian I have deployed nine times for about four and a half years of my life (six months at a time). I have never engaged in combat and my exposure to the worst of it has been minimal (I was an aircraft mechanic in the 90's and a UAV pilot in the late 2000's). But I have friends who have and am constantly concerned for them. I follow suicide prevention programs to try to maintain an awareness of the issue.

It is also important to note that veterans experience a form of PTSD when trying to reintegrate into domestic, civil society. I, among others I know, find a better version of ourselves while on deployments. The hard work, the camaraderie, the dirty and dangerous environment. The uncensored encounters. The mission driven focus. I find domestic tranquility does not come easy and can cause me severe anxiety. The self censorship so as not to offend anybody is stressful. My wife's need for me to be a "normal husband" is not always easy for me to accomodate. Societies expectations for my appearance, my language. I know that I am far from unique in this regard. It would not surprise me, then, that the anxieties of returning home could be as guilty of contributing to poor health as the stresses of combat.

The companionship we experience on deployments is very difficult to replicate back home. That loss can and does have a very negative impact on the veteran's emotional health.

I am very sorry for your loss, BreC. It was very strong of you to share this.

DrJohn 2015-02-02 10:13:41 -0600 Report

It has been over 40 years since Vietnam. I still have flashbacks.

BreC 2015-02-02 10:22:57 -0600 Report

The mind can wreak havoc on our emotions and thus our health. I know that 3 days before Amos committed suicide he got a blanket and went to the cemetery where his son was buried and slept there all night on the ground beside his sons grave. Most like me learned this after his passing. He had gotten the orders to return to Iraq and had made the statement that he was never going back there.

BreC 2015-02-02 09:26:23 -0600 Report

My x-husbands brother Amos committed suicide about 2 years ago. Although my x and I had divorced, Amos and I remained friends. His birthday would be February 4th. Amos was a career military man and rose up in the ranks. He was a great guy who would give you the shirt off his back and on the outside, he was the life of the party while on the inside he suffered greatly. He served 3 terms in Iraq. He came back with some very emotional scars. About 10 years ago he lost one of his sons to a boating accident. This just added to his emotional struggle. Every year around his birthday my thoughts drift back to him. I still considered him family. He hated what his brother did to me. He was not diabetic but being that I am, I started thinking about the issues between diabetes and PTSD. (Amos was never diagnosed with PTSD). I do think he had PTSD from both his stint in Iraq and the loss of his son. Any tramatic event can lead to PTSD. My therapist told me on several occasions that I suffered slightly from PTSD from the betrayal I had experienced.

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