Managing Stress with Diabetes

managing stress with diabetesThere are many factors that come into play when you are trying to keep your diabetes under control. Stress is unhealthy for anyone, however, when you are diabetic and stress is an everyday event in your life, it can affect not only your mental health but your physical health as well. Knowing about and understanding the symptoms, causes and effects of stress can give you a helping hand in keeping it under control. It is the first step in the prevention of danger.

No matter whether you are young or old, just having diabetes and trying to manage effectively can be very stressful until you get used to the idea and know how to maintain it. For someone that is not diabetic, stress has its own health risks, but for someone with diabetes, the additional risks can be life threatening. One of the biggest concerns with diabetes is blood glucose levels. Stress can cause this level to rise at a very fast pace, which can bring on shock and even coma. It can also cause bad eating habits, which, of course, will add to an already bad situation for those with diabetes. Being healthy in all aspects is more than important.

Knowing the signs of stress can help you to catch it before it becomes life threatening for you. These signs and symptoms can include being irritable for no reason, depression, crying out of the blue, not getting enough sleep or perhaps doing nothing but sleeping, or problems with your weight and unexplained gain or loss.

Although these are just a few of the signs of stress, each one can turn into something more significant later on down the road. Other signs that you may want to watch out for are frequent headaches, feeling faint, grinding your teeth, avoiding everyday activities such as school or work, and even sweating. Of course, when stress starts to take over your life, you find that your muscles are tense and this brings on additional aches and pains. This also adds to the possibility of dangerous blood sugar levels and increases other risk factors.

Managing your stress will not only help you to feel better and stay healthy, but it will also help you to manage your diabetes better. Naturally, it is easier said than done to keep stress under control, however, by being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress, it can be easier to get your emotions under control and keep the stress at bay. Perhaps by reading a book, taking a walk, listening to some music, or just taking some quiet time for yourself could help you to be able to manage the stress you are feeling. Everyone has their own way of coping with rough times.

For those that are diabetic, it is important to keep a close eye on your glucose levels in order to avoid a spike that could be dangerous. If you are aware of your emotions and the side effects that your emotions can have on your body, you are one step ahead of the game of control.

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