Can emotional stress increase your chances of developing or worsen DIABETES?
Lets first defined Emotional Stress, as – negative emotional reaction—, which may include fear, anger, anxiety, and suffering—
This is a state that in modern life most of us feel at some point in our life. The problem is not to feel it, the problem is when we hold on to it and don’t let it go. When these negative emotions or repetitive thoughts stay with us for long periods of time, this holding on is what it has been proven to cause health problems.
When you’re stressed, your blood sugar levels rise. Stress hormones like cortisol increase and since one of their major functions is to raise blood sugar to help boost energy when it’s needed most. Think of the fight-or-flight response. You can’t fight danger when your blood sugar is low, so it rises to help meet the challenge. Both physical and emotional stress can prompt an increase in these hormones, resulting in an increase in blood sugar. Prolonged elevated blood sugar can also lead to all the major complications of diabetes like cardiovascular disease, kidney damage, blindness, nerve damage…. etc.
Another major contributor to rise in blood sugar, is when undergoing a stressful period your relationship with food changes, you no longer eat because you are hungry, instead you might eat to feel better and reward yourself with typically the wrong food… processed sugars and carbs.
Therefore, the quality of your choices of food when undergoing a painful or stressful period might not be the best. The opposite might also happen, where some people lose their appetite and skip on eating, waiting to long, then getting to the point of starving and needing the sugar to pick them up.
In conclusion, stress plays a key role in preventing and treating DIABETES. The most important step to manage stress is to first realize that you have a problem.
Some of the most effectives ways to release stress and balance your emotions are:
- Exercise: aerobic exercise decreases the cells’ resistance to insulin.
- Guided Imagery and Hypnosis
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Breathing exercise
- Improve the quality of your sleep
Graduate of the Acupuncture Program of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Israel, as well as a certified Chinese herbalist and Shiatsu therapist in Israel. She complemented her clinical studies with a practicum at the Hangzhou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Zhenjiang province of the Republic of China, in the departments of Acupuncture, Massage, and TCM Internal Medicine.
She recently received training to practice Health Counseling at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has obtained Continuing Education Units from Purchase College, State University of New York. You can connect with her via Linked In