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How stress can impact blood sugar levels and tips for managing stress

Updated: May 22, 2023

Stress is a part of everyday life and can significantly impact our health, especially for people with diabetes. Stress causes the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which can raise blood sugar levels. This blog will discuss how stress can impact blood sugar levels and provide tips for managing stress.

Understanding the link between stress and blood sugar: In response to stress, our body releases hormones that cause our liver to release glucose into our bloodstream. This spikes blood sugar levels, which can be a problem for people with diabetes who constantly strive to keep blood sugar levels within normal range.

  • Recognizing sources of stress: Stress can come from various sources, such as work, relationships, finances, and health problems. It is essential to recognize the sources of stress in your life and take steps to manage them.

  • Managing stress through relaxation techniques: Relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or tai chi can help reduce stress and lower blood sugar levels.

  • Physical activity: Exercise is ideal for managing stress and lowering blood sugar levels. Regular physical activity can help improve mood, reduce stress, and control blood sugar.

  • Talking to a healthcare provider: If you are experiencing chronic stress, it is essential to talk to your healthcare provider. They may be able to recommend resources or strategies to help you manage stress and maintain reasonable blood sugar control.

  • Time management: Poor time management can lead to stress, impacting blood sugar levels. It is important to prioritize tasks, set realistic goals, and delegate responsibilities to reduce stress.

Stress can significantly impact blood sugar levels for people with diabetes. It is crucial to recognize sources of stress and take steps to manage it, such as through relaxation techniques, physical activity, time management, and talking to a healthcare provider. By managing #stress, people with #diabetes can improve their #bloodsugar control and maintain good overall health.

Here are some questionnaires that can help in the self-assessment of diabetes, stress, diet, etc. I hope you find them useful.

Dr. Deepak Chaturvedi, M.D., Medicine


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