Stress is a part of our day to day life. Stress isn’t always a bad thing but it should be temporary. Severe, frequent and prolonged stress can be physically and mentally challenging.
Stress is a situation that triggers a particular biological response. When stress occurs, the body prepares to take action, chemicals and hormones surge throughout our body.
The net effect of this response is to make a lot of stored energy (glucose and fat) available to cells. This is called the fight or flight response. In Diabetics, the fight or flight response does not work well due to lack of insulin.
Stress stimulates a release of many hormones which can result in elevated blood glucose levels. Regulation of these stress hormones can be abnormal in diabetes, which leads to elevated blood glucose levels.
Some ways to cope with stress are:
- Keep a positive attitude.
- Accept what you can’t change.
- Give yourself time to unwind.
- Talk to someone close to you.
- Exercise more.
- Use deep breathing and relaxation techniques.
- Keep a stress diary.
- Learn to say NO
STRESS – WE ALL HAVE IT, BUT HOW WE MANAGE IT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE