Handling Stress with Diabetes
There is no discussion that almost everything we do from the moment our feet hit the ground to the time that we go to bed is done at a fast pace. This, of course, can bring on unnecessary stress in our lives and for those that live with diabetes, it can become quite dangerous. No matter who you are, stress will elevate your blood sugar level due to your stress hormones taking over. It is your body’s way of giving you the energy that you need in order to get through what is happening at the pace you are going so you can complete your task.
For someone that does not have diabetes, their body is able to prevent the blood sugar levels from going crazy. However for someone that is diabetic, their body is missing the necessary components to keep the levels under control. Getting it back under control is crucial to staying healthy and avoiding further medical conditions such as blindness. It is important to be able to keep your blood sugar under control with the medication that your doctor has prescribed you, as well as a nutritional diet. If the levels are elevated for a long period of time, you are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease which means that a heart attack could be in your future.
Depending on the type of diabetes you have, your body is either not producing insulin or it is not producing enough. The absence of the insulin is what causes the blood sugar level to rise when you are stressed out or upset. Things that may cause stress in your life and your levels to rise could be your job or perhaps the loss of one, trouble in your relationship, getting sick with a cold or flu, or another type of medical condition such as an infection. Any of these things could bring on an attack. Although many things cannot be avoided, try to side step the ones you can.
When you are under stress, it can affect the way that you take care of yourself which, of course, will have an effect on your diabetes. Side effects of stress can be that you do not want to eat, or perhaps you just want to snack on everything that is unhealthy such as candy and chips. You may also find that you are tired more often and that means that you may miss your exercise time as well. This, of course, is not good news for diabetics and the risks of getting sick.
If you find yourself under stress and experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be able to make adjustments to your medication in order to get your blood sugar levels back under control. Finding ways to help reduce your stress are also helpful such as through exercise, meditation, and even yoga. Sometimes just finding a quite place to be with your thoughts and clear your mind is all it takes to put the world right once again.
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