Stress and Diabetes

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2012-12-12 21:57:49 -0600
Started 2012-11-07 11:43:54 -0600

For those newly diagnosed, who do not know this. Psychological stress can cause havoc with blood sugar. First, the hormones of the stress response cause extra amounts of glucose and fatty acids to be mobilized into the bloodstream. For both types of diabetes, this increases the likelihood of glucose and fatty acids gumming up in the wrong places. There is another subtle process that occurs with chronic stress as well. When something stressful happens, not only does the body block insulin secretion, but also something else, basically the brain doesn't quite trust the pancreas not to secrete a little insulin, so a second step occurs, during stress different chemicals act on the fat cells sensitive to insulin. In other words, stress promotes insulin resistance. Know the warning signs: physical symptoms: sleeping problems, change in appetite, muscle tension or fatigue, colds, allergies, or rashes, stomach problems, headaches or dizziness, breathlessness or racing heartbeat, clammy hands, back or chest pain, and high blood pressure.
Emotional symptoms: difficulty making decisions, anxiety nervousness or worrying frequently, feel misunderstood, powerless, rejected or trapped, becoming upset or crying easily, depression, or feeling unhappy for no reason.
Learn relaxation methods, and exercises. do something you enjoy everyday, talk with loved ones, get enough rest and exercise. take mini relaxation breaks throughout the day, manage your attitude, cultivate a sense of humor. Don't avoid the problems, don't speed up, slow down.

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Bfbacon 2012-12-12 21:57:49 -0600 Report

Stress stimulates glucagon, so we have to fight back with more insulin. My latest approach is a low carb diet, lots of exercise, less insulin.

Gloria1030 2012-12-01 12:08:32 -0600 Report

Yep, too little too late for me… now just trying to cope with the problems I now have! Doing all I can! Diagnosed in 1997. This September my 30 year old son died from cancer… yep, stress is everywhere in my life…

Anonymous 2012-12-01 14:46:23 -0600 Report

I know how you feel!I have never been controlled all my diabetic years. They just now put me on Lantus. The government medical plan would not cover it, so all these years I have suffered. In 2007 , my world fell apart. I lost both parents to cancer 32 days apart, due to estate matters my whole family disowned me, including my 2 sons, then in 2010 my husband divorces me after a brief affair. Would that be enough to make one bereft beyond belief? And of course, I have everyone blaming me! Mom used to say…"It can always be worse" Oh!! Really !! I don't know how.

GabbyPA 2012-11-08 09:11:21 -0600 Report

This is great information. Specially about the fatty cells. I was not aware that they also were a problem. Stress is a silent killer for sure in so many ways.

I find my garden is a great stress reliever. Also reading a good book or going to the movies with my honey and holding hands. I really like that part. One thing you mention also is attitude. That is so important. If you are worried all the time about stuff, that creates a long lasting stress, which is the worst kind.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-07 12:09:59 -0600 Report

Tabby for people who choose to handle problems as they arise, they more than likely have less stress in their lives. For people who put off facing problems stress could be a problem for them.

It is important to manage stress and your suggestions are fantastic.

AnnRendon 2012-11-11 20:01:34 -0600 Report

Stress seems to run after me chase me down and pounce tried my best to stay away from it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-11 20:35:37 -0600 Report

Ann my therapist and I worked on reducing my stress years ago. I had to recognized what stressed me out and this changed my life. I got rid of every drama queen that was in my life. I don't need or what all the stress that clings to these kinds of people. The only thing that I try to control is my life. You cannot control or change other people. Sooner or later they will stop you from controlling them and a person is never going to change unless they choose to do so.

I am severely allergic to children so I am never going to babysit for anyone. I will help people as long as they are taking steps to help themselves. No one is going to burn up all of my energy helping them if they are not willing to be an active participant.

I also do not get involved with friends relationships because it can backfire on you. If you got in the mess, get yourself out. I have a friend whose husband left her and came back so many times I thought their house had a revolving door. I gave her a choice of either fixing her marriage or get out and once she fixed the problems she stopped being the door mat and is happy with her life.

Stress will only chase you if you let it. I ask myself, can I fix the problem? If I can I will and if I can't I will ask for advice. Do I really care about the problem? If I do care I will help. If I don't care I am not going to help. Finally if someone ask me to do something I always say let me get back to you. This gives me time to think about it and change my plans if I choose to do so. If I don't want to do it, I politely say I really would like to help but I am going to be busy with something I can't get out of. Finally, I learned to use relaxation to get rid of stress.

I am very good at out running stress…LOL

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