Stress and Diabetes
Stress and Diabetes is not a match made in
type 2 diabetic, I am always aware of the foods I eat and the potential
foods have on my blood sugar level.
But did you know that the
foods you eat are not the only things that can have a negative impact
on your blood sugar level?
That's right! Stress can
play havoc on your glucose and insulin levels.
So if you have
diabetes, be sure you understand the effects of stress and learn ways
to prevent your stress.
Understanding the Impact of Stress on Diabetics
stress and diabetes can help you better control your glucose levels.
Our body is an amazing thing that is designed to
protect itself from
many different things.
For example, if a person consumes too
few calories, then the body will go into survival mode and begin to
store the foods you eat as fat, using this fat as potential food for
our body also prepares itself when in
When the body senses stress, it
releases an increased level of different hormones which in turn makes
excess energy available in the form of glucose and fat.
For those of us with diabetes, this excess energy often equates to an
increase in our blood sugar level.
This is because there is
either no insulin or the insulin level is not sufficient to allow the
excess energy to move to our cells.
Instead the excess
glucose piles up in our blood which in turns increases the blood sugar
Effects of Stress
for anyone can cause higher risks of medical problems such as
increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
But stress and diabetes increases certain risks
in addition to causing increased blood sugar levels.
This increase can be caused by a couple of things.
people who are stressed are often too focused on the stressful event
and forget to focus on what they eat and/or drink.
diabetic, we all know that the foods and drinks we consume can have an
adverse effect on our blood sugar level.
But when stressed,
we may forget to monitor our food intake or increase our alcohol
Additionally, we may forget to monitor our blood
This happens because our minds are mostly
consumed with the stressful situation.
Secondly, as mentioned above, our bodies will automatically alter
itself in order to protect it from a potentially dangerous
In a stressful situation, our body prepares to
handle the stress by readying itself for a fight or a flight.
This increases the energy available to the cells.
stress and diabetes reacts differently and often takes this excess
energy to the blood stream. This is because a diabetics
insulin level cannot move
this excess glucose to the cells, where the body needs it for the
In addition to the body creating excess energy in the form of glucose
and fat, for a person with type 2 diabetes, the body also blocks
insulin from being released while in the stressful moment.
Therefore, if you have type 2 diabetes, learning to handle your stress
can have a positive impact on t
he release of your insulin.
Although for those people with Type I Diabetes that cannot produce
regardless of stress or not, learning to handle stress and diabetes can
benefit all diabetics.
Managing stress and diabetes is always easier than said.
techniques that you can use to keep you from turning into a sour puss
and instead be a “sweet” and calm person, helping to keep your blood
sugar level in check.
some simple but helpful ways to deal with everyday stress.
deep breaths in and out is a great way to relax. As
you breathe, focus your mind on the breathing, pushing out any other
thoughts. Begin to relax your muscles as you do your
Exercise has many benefits such as helping to lose weight, increasing
energy and reducing the risks of medical diseases. But
exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress.
are having a stressful moment, try to take some time out and go for a
brisk walk. Even a leisure walk will help. Focus on
your footsteps and not the event that caused you
In addition to understanding stress and diabetes read this article on
exercise and diabetes
Try to alter your behavior of how you deal with stress. If
you tend to be overly passionate things that stress you and explode,
try to count to ten before you respond.
If you take these few
seconds, you may learn to handle the situation better and instead of
exploding, you can calmly address the stress.
If you have tried breathing, counting, walking and find yourself still
stressed, you many want to try relaxation therapy. You can
learn this in a clinic, audio tape or video tape.
Find out what's involved with a diabetic diet and how you can start
eating the right foods to help manage your blood sugar level.
Diabetic Food Tracker Spreadsheet
Download this file to start tracking what you eat to better control
your blood sugar levels.
Counting Carbs or Making Carbs Count
You don't have to give up all carbohydrates to eat healthier.
sure you choose the good carbs and make them count.