It was World Health day on April 7th and the theme for this year was Halt the rise: beat diabete. And because Diabetes is a life-long disease, the emphasis on cutting down our sugar consumption can never be too much. New Research has shown that chronic stress can elevate the risk of diabetes. Did you know that being constantly tired and anxious are risky for someone who doesn’t want the disease??? INFORMATION NIGERIA in this piece bring you reasons why this is so and what you must do…
According to studies, mental stress often raises blood glucose levels. Physical stress, such as illness or injury, causes higher blood glucose levels in people with either type of diabetes. Scientists have studied the effects of stress on glucose levels in animals and people. Diabetic mice under physical or mental stress have elevated glucose levels. The effects in people with type 1 diabetes are more mixed.
While most people’s glucose levels go up with mental stress, others’ glucose levels can go down. In people with type 2 diabetes, mental stress often raises blood glucose levels. Physical stress, such as illness or injury, causes higher blood glucose levels in people with either type of diabetes.
Incorporate deep breathing into your regular daily routine or any time you’re faced with a stressful situation can help a lot. Deep breathing has been shown to be one of the best ways to lower stress in your body—and the best part is that you can do this anywhere! When you breathe deeply it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. To that effect, follow these easy steps:
- Sit in a comfortable position and place one hand on your stomach just below your ribs and the other on your chest.
- Breathe in deeply through your nose so that the air pushes out your belly, but the hand on your chest remains stationary.
- Now, breathe out slowly through pursed lips as if you were whistling. The hand on your stomach should go in. Push all of the air out of your lungs.
- Then repeat these slow, deep breaths 5 to 10 times.
- Then sit still
Deep breathing can slow your heart rate, reduce tension, and reduce elevated stress hormones helping to protect you against chronic stress and diabetes. Would you try this???