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Diabetes and Stress Management

Stress is a natural phenomenon that is experienced by everyone. Stress can be good for you by adding energy, motivation, and enthusiasm to your day to day activities. However, too much of any good thing can be bad. Normally, stress causes changes to our emotions and our physical condition.

Stress causes the following physical indicators:

 increases blood pressure and heart rate

 increases respiratory rate

 increases in blood sugar

These particular changes in your physical condition will cause the body to consume more oxygen at faster rates, which may be harmful if your vessels are already narrowed with plaque deposits and stressed from high blood pressure. This means that organs such as the brain, heart, kidneys, etc., will get less of the blood supply, oxygen and nutrients it needs.

Other indicators of stress that have been noted are:

 suppressed immune system

 increased fat around the abdomen

 weaker muscles

 bone loss

 increased cholesterol levels

 increased levels of potent steroid hormones such as cortisol


1. Practice relaxation exercises.

2. Learn positive self-talk.

3. Try imagery.

4. Confront stress.

5. Find someone to share your thoughts with and talk to - this may be your pet.

6. Listen to music.

7. Read a good book, such as a romantic or joke book.

8. Frame pictures, paint some furniture, draw pictures - be creative.

9. Write your thoughts and feelings down on paper.

10. Write a letter.

11. Work on your favorite hobby.

12. Do volunteer work for those less fortunate.

13. Knit or crochet.

14. Learn a new skill.

15. See a positive uplifting movie.

16. Plan a trip or vacation - even if you don't go, it can be fun to plan.

17. Walk around the block or your house.

18. Decrease caffeine intake.

19. Avoid individuals or situations that are negative or make you feel bad.

20. Prevent stress all together if possible.


1. Set realistic goals to help you get control of your life.

2. Prioritize the parts of your life to find out what is truly important.

3. Maintain and/or seek spiritual guidance as appropriate.

4. Take time for yourself, away from what has to be done, and do what you want.

5. Think positive thoughts.

6. Develop and use a sense of humor.

7. Communicate your feelings to friends and family or seek professional help as needed.

8. Develop a strong support system around you.

9. Teach others about diabetes, such as how to identify and treat hypoglycemia.

10. Join a support group; attend education classes.

11. Maintain proper nutrition and hydration, including a daily activity plan.

Stress is often a part of our daily lives. If you cannot seem to handle it on your own, talk to your doctor or diabetes educator about getting help. There are new medications you may try or perhaps you will need to see a specialist in that area.

You do not have to handle this problem alone.

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