Managing Stress and Diabetes

Managing Stress and Diabetes


Hey everybody! April is National Stress
Month and I was interested to learn more about the connection between stress and
diabetes so I went to the ADA website and I learned that when you’re feeling
stressed whether it’s mental stress because you’re busy at work or
you’re dealing with family issues maybe even lost a loved one or a pet or you’re
dealing with physical stress, injury or illness, there is a natural response of
your body to make you ready to respond to that mental and that physical stress
and unfortunately for us as diabetics when that natural response is happening
inside your body, according to the American Diabetes Association, it raises
your blood sugar so we have to be really cognizant of having that high blood
sugar during those stressful situations. Some of the things I do to try to
relieve stress is I really like to play golf and with small children it’s hard
to get out and do that a lot so I try to exercise at least four days a week. For
my mental health, I like to have quiet time at least once a week where the kids
aren’t around where I’m not worried about work whether that’s reading a
newspaper or for some it may be meditating, for others it may be praying. But I found that that quiet time alone where you can center yourself and really
focus on what you need to do to get through the day
can help with stress. From a diabetes perspective, one of the things that helps
me is monitoring my blood sugar extra closely during stressful times, also
drinking water and making sure I’m eating extra healthy – high fiber, high
protein, low carb foods. We hope these tips have been helpful and getting you
to have good blood glucose readings when you’re having that mental or that
physical stress and we’ll look forward to seeing you at TheDiabetesSupportGroup.org!

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