Stress Management with Type 2 Diabetes

No one likes stress, but you might think you just have to accept it. You don’t; there are ways to help manage your stress. As a diabetic, it can be crucial to your health.

The Health Effects of Stress

Type 2 diabetics already have enough problems to worry about. Depression, renal failure, heart problems and a compromised immune system come with the territory. Stress can exacerbate all of these issues.

Stress also can impede your diabetes management. It can affect your appetite, lower your energy level, stress hormones may cause weight gain and it may impair your clarity of thought so you forget important things like testing your blood sugar or taking your medication.

Ways to Manage Stress

Support can be one of the best defenses against stress. Sometimes just talking about our problems helps take a weight off our shoulders. Knowing someone else has your back can also put you more at ease.

Stress-management techniques such as meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, massage and calming hobbies can provide great benefits to reduce stress and tension.

Another great way to reduce stress is to keep your blood sugar under control-- you'll feel better and have less worries about your health.

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