Chronic stress and diabetes
People with diabetes need to be aware of and pay attention to long term stress, as stress interferes with the body’s ability to manage blood sugar levels. The body reacts to chronic stress with the fight-flight response just like a feeling of being under constant attack.
When this is happening, hormone levels rise causing the blood sugar that is stored in your body as energy to help out the stress hormone cells in reaction to the fight-flight situation.
Diabetics react differently because insulin, isn’t readily available. With diabetes type 1 the body either does not make enough insulin or with type 2 it cannot use the insulin that it has effectively. This causes sugar to excessively accumulate in the blood instead of being stored in the cells for you to get your energy. This process of high blood sugar turns into hyperglycemia. Over time this can cause blood vessels to narrow & causes damage to the tiny blood vessels in the heart, kidneys, eyes, and the nervous system and can lead to neuropathy & amputations! When diabetics are under chronic stress they feel tired and more often then not they dont take good care of themselves. Forgetting to check blood sugar levels, exercising less, poor diet choices & drinking more alcohol. This can be very frustrating, as not only does that stress cause high blood sugar levels, it can possibly lead to other health problems linked to diabetes like obesity, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, stroke, heart attack and peripheral arterial disease, which are potentially life threatening.
How can you manage chronic stress?
You need to recognize the symptoms of stress.
On a piece of paper draw a line down the middle of the page. On one side write down your blood sugar level reading, on the opposite side write down a number between 1 being no stress to 10 being extremely stressed and write what is stressing you. This way you can keep an eye on how your body is reacting to stressful situations so that you have more of an awareness to how your nervous system is coping with chronic stress. Please discuss with your doctor if you have any concerns in regards to your diabetes and suffering from long term stress. You want to prevent your health deteriorating. Take small steps to make changes to your ongoing stressful matters.
Exercise releases the feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain called endorphins. Eating a healthy well balanced diet regularly to prevent further health complications. Sleep is important to combat insomnia, anger & depression and is associated with keeping physically active to improve sleep quality.
Just remember that diabetes is a disease of the diet, we wrote a blog about diabetes and explained how you can make changes to your lifestyle. It is such a rollercoaster ride when you have diabetes and adding chronic stressors to this will only complicate things for you. I recommend that you go and read the diabetes, from sickness to health blog again to remind you of ways that you can make a change to your diabetes and to read some of the chronic stress blogs that have ideas, suggestions and tips on how you can lower stress levels in your life.
Just know that chronic stress is a huge magnesium thief. We also know that magnesium oil helps to relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, headaches and insomnia all of which are linked to both diabetes and stress.
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