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Diabetes and Stress – How Are They Linked?

Suffering from stress has already been known to provide unwanted effects on the body. But Type 2 Diabetes patients who are under stress actually have an increased risk in becoming unhealthy and acquiring the harms of it. Stress is now considered as one of the leading causes of death as it manifests itself into a wide array of medical conditions.

Stress is defined as a reaction to pressure, both physical and emotional, that is perceived as a form of threat, both real or imagined. This response to threat is also recognized as the “fight or flight” response that is intrinsic in humans.

Stress also affects the body’s blood sugar levels both directly and indirectly. The change in blood sugar level immediately occurs during the “fight or flight” response as the body immediately releases the stress hormones when threat is perceived. This increases your body’s blood sugar levels even if you have not consumed any food.

If you closely monitor your sugar levels, you will notice that it goes up when your stress level increases and it also lowers when your stress levels decreases. This proves that your stress levels and your blood sugar levels are indeed connected.

Knowing how to deal with stress, or stress management, is considered as the best possible way for yo to be able to beat it and lessen how it impacts your health. Know how to control your emotions and reactions and also know how to relax so that you can prevent the occurrence of complications caused by stress especially when diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

One of the best relaxing and physically beneficial methods available is regular exercise. Although it might seem counter-productive as it increases heartbeat, its long-term effects with the body as well as the release of serotonin caused by physical activity can help you reduce stress levels.

Exercise also helps cut down the excess fat in your body, which is dangerous as it affects your blood pressure. Fat can also easily get stored in your mid-section as it affects your health dramatically. As excess fat gets stored in your body’s abdominal area, it has a tendency to crowd your internal organs. The fat you notice externally is just the tip of the iceberg as the fat inside the body disrupts healthy bodily functions.

Carbohydrates are also burnt through exercise. This is very beneficial for diabetics, as this will reduce their risks of acquiring hyperglycemia. In general, exercise is a sure-fire solution to lower your body’s blood sugar levels. It will also help improve your body’s blood circulation, which is another known problem connected to diabetes.

Exercising will also help you reduce the emotional tension and your overall stress levels; this is another benefit you can acquire along with the physical and health improvements. One well-known exercise that involves the combination of breathing and mild exercise is Tai Chi. It is an ancient form of martial arts that is overlooked when it comes to its overall health potential as its graceful and easy-going movements deceive the eye. What most people do not know that meditation is an extremely powerful tool that effectively controls stress. It significantly brings down stress levels and relaxes the body.

A secret in reducing stress levels is to find a form of exercise and meditation that you will take pleasure in doing like reading a book or doing aerobic activities. These exercises will help eliminate the stress, which will be extremely beneficial for those diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes because it will help reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. Not to mention, it will also help you manage your health condition.

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