Stress and Diabetes

Stress and Diabetes

Stress the Cause of Your Diabetes?

Stress is defined as “a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes physical or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation”. Certain diseases can be caused or decline by stress and diabetes is also one of the important ones.


How does stress affect blood sugar levels?

There are Certain ways that stress may affect your blood sugar levels. Stress induces the well-known fight-or-flight response, in which your body increases its levels of certain stress hormones. These, in turn, cause a rise in the amount of sugar in your blood, where it’s available to be used by your cells as fuel.

If your body doesn’t have enough insulin or can’t use the insulin it has in order to get that blood sugar into your cells, your blood sugar levels remain high. Stress may also indirectly increase your blood sugar levels by causing you to spontaneity your good habits.

When stressed, you may not eat well or exercise regularly, or you may drink more alcohol. These habits can cause your blood sugar levels to rise. In addition, you may not take time to check your blood glucose levels as often when you are stressed, so you may not be aware of the effects that the stress is having on your blood sugar levels. If you feel that stress is affecting your diabetes.

How to manage stress 

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Make a list of what’s stressing you out
  • Meditate
  • Get out in nature
  • Regular exercise
  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Eat moderately and at the correct times


Stress management strategy

1. Breathe 

If we find ourselves being frustrated and depressed, take a pause and re-evaluate what is triggering such a stress response. Going with the emotions of the moment and being carried away into a negative spiral will only increase our stress levels.

2.Meditate for 10 minutes a day
Research has shown that meditation has multiple benefits. It allows our bodies to detach from our stress, produces patience, builds our resistant system, and promotes healthy hormonal balance

3. Make time to socialize
maintain an active social life. Engage in face-to-face interactions with friends. promotes eye-to-eye interactions directly engages the right side of our brain which leads to emotion regulation

Stress can affect the development and progression of diabetes. Stress hormones can alter the immune response and contribute to type 1 diabetes development and are also closely linked with the inflammation and obesity-associated with type 2 diabetes. Stress can also increase insulin resistance, making diabetes more difficult to manage.

 

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