Diabetes and Stress
Why does diabetes and stress go hand in hand?
As a type 2 diabetic on insulin I can understand why diabetics can get stressed.
The daily grind of checking sugar levels, counting your carbs, or well-meaning people say you can’t eat that, did give myself enough insulin to cover what I have just eaten.
These are just some of the factors that a diabetic can go through daily. Our modern day lifestyle will also affect our sugar levels. Emotional problems such as stress, can raise sugar levels:
“Stress hormones in your body may directly affect glucose levels. When under mental stress, people with type 2 diabetes generally experience an increase in blood glucose levels. Your blood sugar can also increase when your body is under physical stress.29 Apr 2016 Health Line”
There is of course good stress, however how do we deal with stress that is constantly there?
We call this distress. Albert Ellis says “Stress as a symptom is usually anxiety. But it could also be depression. So it is probably either or both”
This anxiety could be about losing your job, not liking your job or manager, relationship problems, or even not managing your diabetes well. Whatever the cause of the stress, you need to get help in reducing, coping strategies, and learning to recognise the signals that your body, mind, and nervous system are giving you.
Getting help with Diabetes and Stress
Of course, seeking professional help can help to reduce the stress levels by teaching strategies and other methodologies e.g. mindfulness, self-hypnosis, and therapy to get to the core reason behind the stress.
For more support please visit my Diabetes support page
Ken Tait has been a type 2 diabetic since 1999. He is a qualified psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, executive coach and mentor. He specialises in emotional problems for people with long term conditions (LTC) and their carers e.g. diabetes, cancer, who suffer from stress, anxiety, or depression. He also organises and runs a type 2 diabetic peer support group in Bromley, Kent