Stress and Diabetes

Everybody is aware of the harm stress can do to our bodies. But did you know that stress also has an impact on diabetes? Stress has an effect on many parts of our body. It can cause coronary heart disease, stroke, and worsens metabolic problems in the body. Researchers have decided that work related stress could be related to many metabolic syndromes including high blood pressure, and high cholesterol and triglycerides. A large waist size may be an indicator of metabolic problems.

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A study was made of over 10,000 men and women between the ages of 35-55 years old. The test included government workers and verified there is a link between work related stress and metabolic problems. The participants were tested before to see if they had any metabolic problems.

The results of the study showed the more work related stress the individual the more likely that person would have any metabolic problems, including diabetes. People who worked under chronic stress were found to have twice the possibility of developing diabetes. Researchers inferred from this test that stress did increase the risks of developing a metabolic syndrome and diabetes.


Coping with stress at work will help you control the risks of developing diabetes. How do you handle stress at work? Are you able to let it go when you leave the job? Do you carry it with you even into your leisure hours? If you do that, you are hurting your body and increasing your chances of diabetes.

Here are some helpful hints to ease the stress at work.

    • If possible, take breaks, if nothing more than just stretching your limbs while staying at your desk. If you can, get up and move around at least once an hour.
    • Do stretching exercises and relaxation motions while at your desk.
    • Drink water instead of coffee or soda.
    • If it is possible, dont take work home with you.
    • Take your days off when you have them and avoid social situations where you will talk about work.
    • Practice deep breathing and relaxation techniques to help relieve stress during the day.

This study showed there is a link between stress and metabolic diseases. People under stress do not take care of themselves and they usually drink more alcohol and exercise less. Stress hormones also affect blood glucose levels. Mental stress often causes blood glucose levels to go up. The key is to control stress reaction.

Stay Positive

A positive attitude will also help ease the stress of life. If you find stress is hurting your body and the control of your diabetes, do something positive that will lift your spirits, help you relax and lower your sugar levels. Try a new hobby, take a walk, and replace a negative thought with a memorized poem, Bible verse, or quote that takes the place of the bad thought. Use breathing techniques to lessen the tension in your body, revive your cells with needed oxygen, and revitalize your energy.

If your stress is job related, talk to your boss and see if there is a way, you can improve your job or apply for a transfer. You can take control of your life and improve your health.

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