Diabetes and Stress

“Stress is the trash of modern life-we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.” Danzae Pace

Stress comes in many forms physical, mental and even financial. Unfortunately, stress in all these forms has become a regular part of modern life. Recent studies conducted by Carnegie Mellon University have concluded that stress can cause ill health when it is chronic. The signs of stress will not only show up in your body as physical symptoms such as more frequent colds, injuries, relationship problems, depression, insomnia and more. Earlier studies from other sources indicated that as much as 75% of doctors’ visits are related to stress. This can be especially problematic for people with diabetes.

RFS - Stress-MeterWhen stress occurs, the body prepares to take action and behaves as it were under attack. This preparation is called the fight-or-flight response. In the fight-or-flight response, hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol kick in since one of their major functions is to raise blood sugar to help boost energy when it’s needed most. Their net effect is to make stored energy (glucose and fat) available to cells. These cells are then primed to help the body get away from danger.

These physiological responses are designed to work for short periods of time so when stress is ongoing it can be dangerous.

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