Diabetes and Stress

February 27, 2008 by  
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How stress affects diabetics.

Stress can cause higher glucose levels in people with diabetes. While in diabetics who have Type 1 Diabetes, the levels can be higher or lower, in Type 2 diabetics, the glucose levels are almost always higher when stress is a factor. This can be from lowered self care, abuse of alcohol, or other factors.

Stress affects everyone in different ways. How each person reacts to stressful factors is also different. Some people choose to use anti-depressants, some may use herbal remedies, and others try natural stress reducing methods like music and meditation.

Deal With It

No one can live entirely without some sort of stress. Of course, there are those who are able to let everything ‘roll off their back’, but even these people experience stress at some point in their lives. It is how they deal with the stress that is different. Your personality is a huge factor in how you will react.

Personally, I have two ways of dealing with stress that is built into my personality. One, High alert! I go into a super alert mode and deal with each thing that comes my way in an analytical manner. Mechanically driving myself through every problem, eradicating anything in my way.

Two, Oh my gosh what do I do?? This one happens when another stressful situation suddenly rears its’ head when I am in the first ‘mode’. Dealing with one, two, or even three things at a time is fine, but sometimes all it takes it the tiniest thing to set me spinning out of control. I know quite a few other people who have agreed this is how they are, as well.

So, got any ideas?

Well, I can’t tell you exactly how to deal with your own stress, only give you ideas on how you may be able to combat it. As a diabetic, you cannot rely on herbal remedies or ‘drinks’ like people who do not have the disease. The reason is that you must take care in everything you put into your body. Herbs are like any other medicine, they can react with your insulin or presciptions. Before taking any herbals supplements, talk with your doctor. Research the herb and check to see if there are any listed drug interaction warnings.

Aromatherapy is a safe method of stress reduction for diabetics. You are not eating or injecting anything, so no drug reactions should occur. Candles, oils, herb sachets, and potpurri are all great ways to introduce a calming scent to your home or office.

Massage therapy is also safe for some. Massage can loosen muscles and give you a very calm feeling. Foot massages are easy to give to yourself and if you are checking your feet each day (as you should be!), you can give yourself a quick foot rub.

Music, especially instrumental music is great. Nothing to cause an allergy, drug reaction, or unplanned pregnancy. (hey, we all know sex can be a stress reliever!)

Sex as a stress reliever

I bet you thought I would forget to go into this one. Sex is an amazing stress reliever. If you are still healthy enough to participate in sex, then by all means, have as much safe sex with your partner as possible. Orgasm is a wonderful, proven stress reliever. If you are in a committed relationship, the intimacy from being close to one another, whether or not you have full intercourse, is perfect to reduce stress. Those who are in love are the first to tell you that when in their lover’s arms, they forget everything else.

So…if you are going to try sex, why not integrate all of the above ideas, too! One perfect evening of stress reduction!

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