Stress and Diabetes – What is the Link?

Categories: Lifestyle

Many of us experience stress in our daily lives, but could large amounts be contributing to both getting and the worsening of diabetic symptoms?

Delhi’s University College of Medical Sciences in India has done a study and found a link between stress and the occurrence of type II diabetes.  They found the disease was most prevalent in those who suffered from chronic stress!  Why? One reason may be that the stress hormone, cortisol (it is secreted when we are under high amounts of stress) redistributes fat, leading to obesity and insulin resistance.

What causes stress?

Stress can come from a variety of factors, the major ones being the loss of a job, loved one, or even moving to a new location. Wherever stress comes from in your life, it is important to learn how to manage it and to take back control over the cortisol that threatens your health.

What can you do?

There are so many ways to practice relaxation today, the hard part is getting used to incorporating them into your daily life.  But a few of the most successful ways that we can beat stress are by practicing yoga, listening to calming music, playing sports, or even travelling.  Anything that relaxes you and decreases the secretion of cortisol is a good thing! So get silly and find a way to laugh or reconnect with an old friend.  Fun and relaxation are a BIG part of prevention and management of diabetes, so make the time to do less and more for your health by doing so.

Thanks for reading and check out our LavaCare heat packs – an awesome way to de-stress after a long day.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 10-31-2013, 8:00 AM

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