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Diabetes and Stress

In this blog we will focus on stress management as it relates to diabetes. Please follow the advice of your medical professional on how to prevent, control and treat your diabetes.

Studies have revealed that stressful life events and personal stress increases the likelihood of Type-2 Diabetes. Diabetes is one of the chronic illnesses included in the metabolic syndrome complex that relate to stress. Metabolic syndrome illnesses are illnesses that occur not from viral or microbial infections, but rather from the changes to our physiology and biochemistry as we are exposed to accumulate and chronic stressful events.

Good stress and negative chronic stress where your body does not recuperate and relax will lead to chronic illness. Long-term activation of your stress response is associated with your body continuously releasing adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones into your bloodstream. This constant activation is associated with many risks such as insulin resistance, diabetic neuropathy, hypertension and cardiovascular risks.

Diabetes can add more stress to your life. Managing your stress level can have beneficial effects on your diabetes. In fact, the CDC has published its stress management module called “Prevent T2-A Proven Program to Prevent or Delay Type-2 Diabetes.”

ichoiceRelax guided breathing at your Personal Best Relaxation Breathing Rate activates your parasympathetic (calming) nervous system, increases your HRV and decreases sympathetic (stress) nervous system tone. ichoiceRelax Guided Meditation, Progressive Muscle Relaxation exercises and Mindfulness help you activate the Relaxation Response.

Use ichoiceRelax 20 minutes a day to enhance your Relaxation Response. For those who do not practice yoga or meditation, use ichoiceRelax as your tool to daily relaxation. It’s easy and simple to use.

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