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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