Diabetics may receive physical harm from excess stress.
In today’s fast-paced world, stress has become the norm. However, diabetics in particular may receive physical harm from excess stress. According to WebMD, stress raises blood sugar levels. Both physical and emotional stress can raise epinephrine and cortisol levels. These “stress hormones” give an energy boost by raising blood sugar in response to stress. This is dangerous for diabetics, who cannot easily counteract blood sugar elevations.
So how can diabetics counteract stress and control blood sugar? The American Diabetes Association suggests the following:
- Taking an alternate route to avoid traffic, mending broken relationships, or changing to a less stressful job
- Engaging in regular physical activity
There’s one more effective mechanism—prayer. Studies show that higher faith and spirituality corresponds with lower levels of anxiety and an increased ability to cope with stress. Individuals who prayed daily were 40 percent less likely to have high blood pressure—a sign of stress—than those without a regular prayer routine. When we trust God as a loving heavenly Father, we can believe that He will take care of what we cannot control.
HealthDay,“Health Tip: Manage Stress to Keep Diabetes in Check,” www.nlm.nih.gov, August 25, 2014; WebMD, “Stress and Diabetes,” www.webmd.com; The Huffington Post, “Why People Who Pray Are Healthier Than Those Who Don’t,”January 18, 2012.