Whether it’s emotional or physical, taking unnecessary and too much of stress can not only cause you neck pain and headache but may also increase your blood sugar levels and the possibility of developing Type 2 diabetes. Health experts say that our changing lifestyle and inactive routine are the major causes of increase in the diabetes cases in India.
Marked stress leads to the release of multiple hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, which lead to a surge in your blood sugar level, including an increase in your pulse rate and blood pressure as well. If you are feeling constantly stressed out, the earlier transient elevation of sugar becomes steadily high, giving rise to diabetes. Stress also leads to change in your eating habit, leading to binge eating and eventually weight gain, which is also the reasons that affect your diabetes risk, says Dr. Anoop Mishra, Chairman, Fortis C-DOC.
Stress can also affect your diabetes control both directly and indirectly. It is acknowledged worldwide that diabetics are under constant stress and are quite likely to become prone to poor blood control glucose. Dr. Sunil Mittal, senior psychiatrist, and director at Cosmos Institute of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences in the capital mentions that both emotional and physical stress can lead to an increase in these hormones, which results in a boost in your blood sugar level.
Likewise, shared stress can also result in dysregulation of hormones amongst children. If they grow in a stressful surrounding, children may also become prone to a similar dysmetabolic condition. According to new research findings, stress hormones lead to an epigenetic change in sperm. So when the father is under stress, his hormones gain the potential to increase his offspring’s level of blood sugar. With raised blood glucose levels, comes a greater risk of diabetes, particularly Type 2 diabetes, says Dr. Ajay Kumar Ajmani, senior consultant (endocrinology) from BLK Super Specialty Hospital.
The chief function of such hormones is to increase your blood sugar in order to help boost energy when it’s required the most. Consider the fight-or-flight response. It is not possible to fight when your blood sugar level is low; therefore, you require a boost to living up to the challenge. Both emotional and physical stress can accelerate the development of these hormones, thereby leading to an increase in your blood sugar level.
By adopting some simple changes in your lifestyle, you can easily battle and overcome stress, which will bring down the diabetes risk and even aid in controlling diabetes. “One should engage in physical activities like yoga, gymming, and dancing. Aerobics and Pilates are also great stress busters. Make some food, add more fiber to your diet by choosing whole grains,” Ajmani recommended.
Diabetes is caused by a lifestyle disorder and is becoming increasingly widespread in the present times. Take small breaks in a day (10-15 minutes each) to do things you enjoy doing the most, such as listening to music or playing your most loved sports. Meditation too helps a lot, which acts as a stress buster, Mishra added.