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  • Writer's pictureKim Rasmussen

Diabetes and Stress

Updated: Apr 5, 2023

Stress Awareness Month is an annual observance held every April to bring attention to the impact that stress has on our lives and well-being. During this month, people are encouraged to take a step back, evaluate the stress in their lives and identify healthy ways to manage it.

Stress can take a significant toll on both our physical and mental health, leading to issues such as anxiety, depression, and burnout [1].

By increasing awareness about stress, individuals can learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress and take steps to reduce it. Whether it is practising mindfulness, getting enough sleep, or taking a break from social media, small steps can make a big difference in managing stress [2].

For people with diabetes, managing stress is particularly important. When stress levels are high, the body releases glucose into the bloodstream to provide energy for the “fight or flight” response. This can be problematic for people with diabetes, as their bodies are already struggling to regulate blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels over a prolonged period can damage blood vessels and organs, leading to complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, and nerve damage.

Managing stress is essential for people with diabetes to prevent complications and improve their quality of life. So let's use Stress Awareness Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of stress on our lives and take steps to manage it effectively.

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