Stress And Diabetes: How To Manage

by Yasmin Nolasco

Could stress be the cause of your diabetes or pre-diabetes? Everyone has some degree of stress but not everyone responds in the same way to it. Scientific research has found a correlation between stress in people who have Pre-diabetes or developed diabetes type 2. While there are many factors contributing to diabetes type 2 consider stress management a priority for balanced health to prevent sugar spikes in your blood.

Researchers found that when we are stressed our hormones are in flight or fight mode. Stress stimulates the release of various hormones, which can result in elevated blood glucose levels and affects insulin. Therefore, high levels of stress hormones stop insulin-producing cells in the pancreas from working properly and reduce the amount of insulin they make.

How do you cope with stress? Stress can cause many of us to overeat or crave certain food like sweets, salty, or fatty ones. The question remains, “How can we cope with stress in healthy ways?” Various methods work for different people which is why finding your personal formula is important.

Discover your formula for balance or relaxation with “ME-Time!” Experiment with a few until you find the right one for you, it may be  2-3 of these:

  • Acupuncture
  • Nature Walk (All Trails App)
  • Dance
  • Workout/Sport
  • Deep breaths
  • Meditation
  • Massage or a simple hug
  • Write or Journal emotions or make a list of priorities.
  • Calming Music (Calm App)
  • Visualize a calm place or solutions for the current problem
  • Get Creative with an activity that you enjoy (Art)
  • Calming herbs/Chamomile tea/Ashwaganda
  • Speak to someone
  • Positive Self-talk and Compassion or patience with self/progress
  • Prayer or spiritual practice
  • Yoga/Thai chi
  • Aromatherapy- Lavender oil into an infuser
  • Sing
  • Spend time with a furry one (dogs or cats make great therapy!)
  • Eat a balanced diet with less caffeine
  • Sleep- A good night’s rest
  • Fun! When was the last you participated in a fun activity?
  • Gratitude! Make a list of the things you are grateful for.
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