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Dr. Oz: Insomnia is linked to diabetes, anxiety and depression

Dr. Oz reveals the link between insomnia, depression and weight loss.
Dr. Oz reveals the link between insomnia, depression and weight loss.Fox screencap

Dr. Oz said insomnia could signal you have serious health issues like diabetes or depression on the Jan. 16 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.

"Lack of sleep could the first signal your body sends that something is wrong," said Dr. Oz.

Dr. Oz's guest was sleep expert Dr. Carol Ash, who said many people suffering from insomnia may not realize they have diabetes. Dr. Ash said frequent urination at night could signal diabetes, and said to be on the lookout for these symptoms:

  • Do you often wake up three or four times a night to urinate?
  • Do you have night sweats?
  • Are you chronically thirsty, even after drinking a glass of water?

If you answered yes to these questions, Dr. Oz suggested getting yourself checked for diabetes. Dr. Ash said shift workers like nurses and police officers are most at risk for diabetes-induced insomnia.

Depression-Induced Insomnia

Dr. Oz said chronic insomnia could also be a warning sign of depression and anxiety. If you answer yes to the following questions, you may have depression-induced insomnia:

  • Do you have racing thoughts that keep up you at night?
  • Do you have recurring bad dreams?
  • Are you overly sensitive to noise, such as a ticking clock?

Sleep Apnea and Insomnia

Dr. Oz said a third reason for your insomnia could be sleep apnea, which is a sleep disorder characterized by irregular or shallow breathing.

While sleep apnea is often considered a men's health issue, Dr. Oz said many women suffer from undiagnosed sleep apnea. If you answer yes to the following questions, you should get checked out for sleep apnea:

  • Do you wake up with a racing heart?
  • Do you have a headache in the morning as soon as you wake up?
  • Do you fall asleep anywhere during the day?

Turmeric Fights Depression, Promotes Weight Loss

Dr. Oz said the spice turmeric is a natural mood booster that has also been shown to prevent cancer, inflammation, joint pain, and enhance weight loss.

Dr. Oz said research indicates that curcumin (the raw ingredient in turmeric) treats depression better than prescription drugs. He said curcumin supplements are more effective than cooking with turmeric and suggested the following:

  1. Take 500mg of curcumin twice a day to combat depression.
  2. Make sure the curcumin supplement contains 95% curcuminoids.
  3. Take two tablespoons of turmeric a day to get the same effect as a curcumin supplement.