The Unexpected Link Between Diabetes & Stress: Are You at Risk? Find Out! by Joy Stephenson-Laws JD
Most people are aware of the usual risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes, such as being overweight, inadequate exercise, poor diet and smoking. But did you know that stress is another risk factor for developing this disease? Exactly how does stress increase your risk for diabetes?
When you're stressed, your blood sugar levels rise. Stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol kick in since one of their major functions is to raise blood sugar to help boost energy when it's needed most. Think of the fight-or-flight response. You can't fight danger when your blood sugar is low, so it rises to help meet the challenge. Both physical and emotional stress can prompt an increase in these hormones, resulting in an increase in blood sugars. Over time, these increases in blood sugar levels may increase your risk for developing diabetes.
Be proactive. Remember what relieves stress is not the same for everyone. If you have a lot of stress, you should identify stress management techniques that work for you to lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. This could include meditation, exercise and/or a healthy diet.
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