Diabetes and stress

Diabetes as a disease can be quite complicated as you always need to keep a watch on what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat, when to take insulin, getting enough exercise as well taking care of the feet. Adding to it, stress can further make the matter worse.

There can be umpteen sources of stress such as mental trauma, depression, anxiety, physical injury or even accident. It leads to further complications by triggering a cascade of hormonal secretion, leading to increased level of sugar in the body to release greater energy to deal with the impact of stress.

Further, people suffering from diabetes are not able to fight the impact of stress well, as insulin, in these cases does not allow glucose to enter the cell to release the extra energy and thus the level of glucose in the blood increases.

The complexities of relationship between stress and diabetes and further the impact of the former on the latter have become subject of recent research studies.

Stressful experiences in most cases lead to several health complications such as indigestion, irritability, insomnia and many more. It has been researched and found that stressors such as workplace stress or sudden family loss might often lead in triggering the onset of diabetes type I as well type II.

However, various research studies with smaller groups of population has shown indication of a correlation between stress and onset of diabetes but in case of larger population group study is yet to come to conclusive terms.

However, it has been found and established that people who suffer from diabetes, experiences alteration in the blood glucose level due to stress. This might be because the people who suffer from stress might have a irregular lifestyle and can have a higher consumption of alcohol. They might not take care of themselves or monitor their glucose levels to change their dosages of medicine.

Again sometimes, the stress hormones directly alter the blood glucose level.

Often relation therapy helps in reducing stress thereby controlling diabetes to an extent. By relaxation, one lowers the level of stress hormones in the body and that in turn decreases the glucose level in the body. To relax, often breathing exercise, once a day, is quite beneficial. One needs to breathe in and breathe out sufficiently to relax and release worries. Second, one needs to practice cautiously to replace bad thoughts with the good ones. One can also go for some progressive relaxation therapy classes to learn its technique of how to relax muscles and then again tense them. Exercise and diet are again the most important factors in reducing stress.

Stress is a very common factor in our everyday life.

We must learn how to deal with it. Before stress takes a charge on our self we need to take a grip over stress and should not allow dominating our thought process. Stress is a part of life, live with it in a positive manner and stop making false attempts and need not waste energy in controlling some external factors causing irritability on our system. We need to make a strong defense mechanism and learn how to cope with stress levels and channelize the energy being released into more productive results.

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