Is Your Stress Making You Closer To Diabetes?

Diabetes caused by stress

Stress affects the physical and mental health of individuals. It can lead to the development of multiple diseases or disorders. Recent studies elaborate that elevated stress levels relate to an increased risk of diabetes. 

For the normal functioning of the body, every organ and even cells must work optimally. Any damage at the cellular level can spread to cause tissue disruption, which can lead to organ failure and death if not treated on time. 

During the coronavirus pandemic, the incidence of stress, anxiety, and depression cases increased remarkably. Stress due to pandemics increases mental health issues as well as physical fitness. The ability of people to handle situations and work performance decreases when they are under panic. 

Nobody develops a chronic disease suddenly, the changes in bodies’ physical condition occur slowly and sometimes silently. Similarly, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and other such diseases, act as a contributing factor to lethal diseases. 

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Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death across the world. Also, it increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, in diabetes, the blood glucose levels go higher than the normal range due to insulin resistance in the body or lack of sufficient insulin production. Also, the damage and abnormalities in the pancreas are one of the reasons for diabetes. 

How Stress Can Lead You To Diabetes?

During coronavirus pandemics, the number of people developing mental health conditions has increased because of multiple factors. Stress is the tension that the body feels either due to emotional trauma or physical trauma. 

According to a study called ‘Stress and Diabetes Mellitus’ published in PubMed Central, stress can affect diabetes. Blood sugar regulates according to the metabolism of the body. However, stress reduces metabolic rate, and alterations in metabolism lead to abnormality in sugar levels of blood in the body. These abnormalities can cause either an increase in blood sugar levels or a decrease in blood sugar levels, leading to diabetes mellitus.

The hyperglycemic condition is a condition in which blood glucose levels increase occur, and the hypoglycemic condition indicates a decrease in blood sugar levels. As a result of abnormalities in blood sugar or glucose levels frequently, people with stress develop diabetes.

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What To Do Know If You have Stress Issues?

You know that stress causes diabetes, so to lower your risk of developing diabetes, it is vital to manage stress levels. Firstly, you need to find the cause of your emotional or physical stress to reduce your stress levels. Secondly, try to find a solution, if you are not able to find a solution do not panic. You can try to keep yourself busy in any healthy activities like exercising, playing outdoor games, or even cleaning your home.

Stress is related to your food intake and impacts your metabolism. Thus, you need to eat healthy food that boosts metabolic activity. Eating a well-balanced nutritious diet will improve your overall health and will help in maintaining your body weight.

If eating healthy and exercising is not helpful, try to consult a therapist or talk to a friend or family member. Also, sharing your problems with your loved ones reduces your stress level and increases your trust in them. Moreover, your loved ones can help you solve your problem. 

A diabetic patient with stress-related problems needs to manage not only diabetes but also stress-conditions. To manage your diabetes, regularly monitor your blood sugar levels, take medication on time, monitor your sugar intake, and keep your body hydrated. Hydration is vital for smoothing the functioning of the metabolism of the human body.


Adeena Tariq Lari
The author is a graduate of dental surgery from the Dow University Health Sciences, Karachi. She has an academic background in content writing as well as English literature, giving her an edge in the field. Adeena is always curious about physical and mental health. She is always passionate about research and delivering high-quality reliable content to users.