Stress affects people with diabetes, both with T1 and T2. Managing stress is not easy and it can most definitely affect your blood glucose levels. It affects the blood glucose in two ways.
First, people who are under stress may not be taking care of themselves. They may be eating more and exercising less. They may be forgetting to test bg #'s or to be planning healthy meals. They are completely overwhelmed with everything else.
Second, stress can change blood glucose levels directly. Relaxation is not a sustitute for exercise. Relaxation does include deep breathing and this does make you feel better. If things are piling up in your life, get out and walk-I call this my stress walk. Even a very short walk can give you a needed time out, releasing muscle tension and it allows more oxygen to enter your body and your brain…Breathe slowly and deeply…This is very effective in reducing stress. Why not try it???
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