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Stress and Diabetes - The Correlation

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Stress is kind of an after effect caused in our body - when it feels that it is being attacked. Stress is due to an array of factors that includes physical causes like injuries, illnesses, etc. and then there are some mental factors too like marriage, job or financial problems etc.

Any time our body is undergoing stress it is natural for it to have an auto response that leads to production of hormones. As a result of this hormone, more energy is stored in the body in form of glucose and fat. The idea is that the body should have enough of both to combat this sudden attack.


But how does diabetes come into action here?

diabetes and stress

You may have already guessed it that since the body is storing more of the fat and glucose in the cells, you are slowly heading towards obesity. In particular, if your body is susceptible to stress. So your body keeps storing fat in the long run and this actually leads to high glucose levels in the body - thus leading to increased sugar in the blood.


Now one problem here is that the stress induced hormonal reactions tend to last for a longer time too. In fact, both physical and mental threat can be equally dangerous for diabetic patients. For ageing people, it means that the body is trying to pump hormones that are no longer there, which leads to a chain reaction of glucose production. For those who are not yet suffering from diabetes, it is taking them a step closer to the same. And for people who are diabetic, higher sugar levels just mean and increased risk of strokes, heart disease, etc.

On the whole, stress is something that you really don’t want around if you are diabetic. And though it is easier said than done, here is an action plan that can help you minimise the damage caused because of stress-




One of the best ways to combat stress would be exercising because it helps in using up all the stored energy in your cells, thus balancing your sugar levels. It also burns fat, which means it takes you away from obesity. Furthermore, exercises release the happy hormones called endorphins that are known for combating stress and anxiety. Walking, aerobics, yoga strength training, etc. find your now fitness mantra here.


Maintain a chart


The next step here would be maintaining a chart of your sugar levels when you are undergoing stress. However, this is not done to add on to stress - but if needed you should have medications prepared to balance the same. In particular, external injuries may call for medical intervention to combat the stress reaction in the body.




A good way to balance stress levels would be meditating every day. Not only does it help in calming the mind and the body, but increases blood flow too. Smoother oxygen delivery to different body parts helps to balance your sugar levels.

It is true that stress is a part of life - but considering you are already suffering from a chronic disease, you should implement measures that will help you in reducing it through these simple measures. 

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posted Jun 13, 2016 by Kiran

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Obesity is defined as the condition where your BMI or body mass index is more than 30. It is basically a number derived by calculating your body mass divided by the square of the body height. 18.5 to 25 are defined as a healthy weight, and 25-30 as being overweight. 

Diabetes can be caused due to obesity. However, type 2 diabetes is linked obesity and not usually the type 1. Remember the latter is usually not connected with lifestyle factors and other diabetic forms like gestational diabetes. 

Type 2 diabetes and obesity 

Individuals who are obese tend to be at a much greater risk of diabetes as compared to individuals within a healthy weight. The risk of an obese person getting diabetes is threefold. Also, the way your fat is distributed in the body is another factor that impacts diabetes. In many cases, men or women with higher fat deposit around the stomach area were known to be more prone to diabetes. But the precise mechanism of this relation is still unclear. There are some obese individuals who don’t get diabetes and there are some diabetic people who are not obese. But in many cases, obesity and diabetes directly impact each other. 

Obesity and its impact on the body 

One study by the ‘Science’ revealed that overweight or obese individuals were more prone to stress, which also had an impact on their cells. Obesity tends to over-stress membranous network named endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Since there are more nutrients to process than what your body can handle, it sends out a warning signal. Because of this, insulin is dumped into the system at a higher pace, which in turn affects your body insulin resistance. With such high levels of glucose in the blood, your symptoms of diabetes commence. 

Also, in many cases obesity triggers changes in the metabolism rate of the body. As a result, fat deposits increase and this also causes hormonal and chemical changes in the body including release of high amounts of fatty acids that are known to cause development of insulin resistance. Often this resistance to insulin is triggered off and followed with dysfunction in the pancreas that prevent release of insulin and this may cause inability to control blood glucose levels. 

Controlling obesity 

  • Your best bet here would be controlling your obesity levels and also trying to manage your weight. If you can do the same while you are on the borderline, then nothing like it. Not only will it reduce risks of diabetes but also help you have a healthier life. 
  • If you are diabetic and obese, then it is time to get serious about an action plan. You should indulge in exercises like walking, yoga, cardio or whatever you can make time for. 30-40 minutes of exercise everyday is suggested. 
  • Additionally, being obese puts you at higher risks of associated diseases, especially heart diseases. So make sure that you get a medical check up from time to time and also monitor your sugar levels more diligently. 
  • In acute cases, alternatives like Bariatric surgery may be suggested.
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Ignorance is something that can be a bane in all aspects of life. But when it comes to diseases like diabetes, it can be fatal. Sadly a lot of people chose to be in denial about their disease or rather going for the ignorant route. They do not care about self-management, which is perhaps one of the best ways to restrain this problem. Here are some of the reasons we go wrong-


We don’t have a sweet tooth so cannot get diabetes

diabetes not knowing your foods

Often individuals think that they really cannot diabetes because they don’t have too much of a sweet tooth. But that is actually wrong. Glucose through desserts is not the main cause of getting diabetes. Rather it is a combination of highly processed foods, saturated fats and other similar combinations that take your blood sugar levels for a toss. Do not be blinded by this ignorance. Diabetes may happen to individuals with healthy eating habits too because of genetic mutations.


Ignoring the symptoms


ignoring the symptoms

There are some very obvious symptoms that come with diabetes, these include itching in the genital areas for women, excessive loss of weight, boils and sores in the body that don’t seem to heal fast, feeling of dizziness, sudden increase in night urination and thirst and of course drastic weight gain and weight loss. These are symptoms that we continue to live with day after day, waiting for a major disaster to happen. Only then is a doctor consulted. Do not ignore these symptoms and consult with an expert immediately.


Not monitoring sugar levels


Not monitoring your sugar levels is another issue that even diabetic patients fail to follow. Since we had normal sugar levels 6 days back, isn’t that likely to continue. Unfortunately no! Sugar levels continue to fluctuate as per your food habits, what you eat, exercising, stress, etc. So if you are diabetic, do test on a regular basis. Also, if you are not diabetic, but have a family tendency or history of this disease, a check up is suggested once in 6 months, especially if you are on the other side of 40. With age and food habits, our body undergoes many changes – so don’t let ignorance get the better of you.


What can you do?

what can you do

  • The first thing that you should do is research and get more information - rather correct information about your disease. With tons of myths surrounding diabetes, people are often lured into believing facts that are not really true.


  • Secondly, make a conscious effort to implement lifestyle changes. This means switching over from alcohol and smoking to a healthier lifestyle and eating more of fresh produce rather than processed foods.


Remember that lapses do occur and there would be times when you are exhausted and don’t simply want to go on. But ignorance should not be a choice. Rather than just saying we don’t know – why don’t you make an effort to know! A little knowledge can be a savior for diseases like this.


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