How much can stress affect your diabetes? I have been feeling like this for a few months and i am probably not the only one here. But i am monitoring my blood sugrs and sometimes with our family issues i have had my blood sugars up due to family issues. My doctor said to avoid such things,just walk away and you feel better. Is that true. Thanks
Stress will definitely cause blood sugar levels to rise. Rather than go into a lengthy explanation here, just check out these two online articles for all the details you may need: Stress and Diabetes (MedicineNet.com) How Stress Affects Blood Sugar (Diabetes Information Library)
I think your doctor should have taken his sentence one step further and added, don't just walk away but take a walk too. Exercise helps our bodies cope with stress and for those of us with T2 will often help your body maintain better blood glucose too.
Walking is my go to exercise. Other than good shoes and socks, I don't need any special equipment, I can tailor the distance to fit my schedule and I can take someone with me if I want.
Yes, stress does play into making your numbers higher. Also, some people do emotional eating when stressed.
Other people's idea about exercise is excellent. I try to do 50 min. to an hour of exercise 6 days a week. You could do short walks every day, as other posters suggested, or any other exercise. I do UJam dancing and swimming. There's a hot tub at the gym, so I go in there once a week. It's very relaxing. You could take a lukewarm bath and just soak. Put on some soft music.
Another way I relax when stressed is to take deep long breaths in and out. I learned this at Kaiser in a relaxation class. I do this also with the children at school when they are hyperactive. This calms us "all" down. You take in a breath, breathing in slowly, hold it for four seconds, and then "slowly" breathe it out. I saw this on Dr. Oz recently. He did this with the whole audience. You do it about 3 to 4 times. You'd be amazed on how it calms your whole body down. I also do this when getting shots(cortisone), or any medical procedure I might be anxious about. It works great!
Exercise works great for your body stress reliever!!!
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