How high is your risk of diabetes? A recent Swedish study shows that men with the highest levels of psychological distress – including anxiety, depression, and sleepless nights - were 2.2 times more likely to develop diabetes than those with the lowest levels.
Risk of Diabetes:
- Firstly, if you are living with high levels of stress and/or worry, you are putting your well-being at risk.
- Secondly, stress wreaks havoc on your emotional equilibrium, as well as your physical health.
- Thirdly, it narrows your ability to think clearly, function effectively, and enjoy life.
Tips to reduce stress:
- Learn how to say “no” – Know your limits and stick to them.
- Whether in your personal or professional life, refuse to accept added responsibilities when your plate is already full.
- Avoid people who stress you out – If someone consistently causes stress in your life and you can’t turn the relationship around, limit the amount of time you spend with that person or end the relationship entirely.
- Take control of your environment – If the evening news makes you anxious, turn the TV off.
- If traffic’s got you tense, take a longer but less-traveled route.
- If going to the market is an unpleasant chore, do your grocery shopping online.
- Avoid hot-button topics – If you get upset over religion or politics, cross them off your conversation list.
- If you repeatedly argue about the same subject with the same people, stop bringing it up or excuse yourself when it’s the topic of discussion.
- Pare down your to-do list – Look at your schedule, responsibilities, and daily tasks.
- If you have got too much on your plate, distinguish between “shoulds” and “musts”. Drop tasks that aren’t truly necessary to the bottom of the list or eliminate them entirely.
- While this research focused on the raised risk of diabetes from stress and worry, your doctor will likely tell you that stress can raise your blood pressure and therefore your risk of stroke and heart disease.
- Deal with stressors in your life now – it really is that important to your wellbeing.
Make sure you don’t stress your-self to avoid the risk of diabetes. Consequently, diabetes can't be cured, but it can be treated and controlled. You can manage diabetes by keeping your blood sugar levels by balancing food intake with diabetes medication and physical activity. Maintain your blood cholesterol levels by following a healthy eating plan low in processed foods, added sugars, and saturated fat. A medication may also be needed. Control your blood pressure. Your goal should be to keep your blood pressure below 130/80.
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