When someone mentions the word stress to me, the only thing I can think about is something negative, in fact thinking of stress just makes me stressed in general!! Long term stress has been known to cause a number of complications, and for people with diabetes, those complications can be heightened even quicker. Here are some complications of stress that can have undesirable effects on your diabetes and overall health, so try and stay far away!!
- Increase food cravings, stress can increase your craving for fat and sugar which can make controlling your blood sugar levels a lot harder especially when you’re eating is out of control!!
- Increases stress hormones such as cortisol, cortisol is a hormone that increases insulin resistivity making it harder manage diabetes in general. It also makes weight gain easier which is not really a good thing.
- Increase blood pressure/heart rate, acute stress can momentarily increase heart rate and blood pressure, however, chronic stress has been known to have damaging effects on the cardiovascular system which don’t mix well with diabetes in the first place!!
- Can lead to insomnia, stress can trigger the fight or flight instinct which may make it harder for you to fall asleep. Chronic stress can lead to sleeping disorders which can disrupt your routine leading to disorientation and lack of organization which can eventually lead to improper management of your diabetes (checking blood sugars less, eating infrequently etc.).
- Increased hair loss!! Stress can cause you to lose your hair faster, but be aware, so does diabetes making this a nasty combo for your luscious locks!!
- Sex drive even though stress affects your sex drive in a different way from diabetes, having two different forces attacking the same issues will only worsen the overall problem!!
As you can see, there are many complications that can be derived from stress that can also happen with diabetes which make the likeliness for them to occur even greater. On the bright side there are a number of different ways to manage your stress levels which can also positively affect the way you control your diabetes as well. If you can manage your stress then it will be a lot easier to control your diabetes!! Have you noticed a relationship between your stress levels and diabetes control?? Let us know about it in the comments below!!