Stress has earned a bad rep for being the culprit of all our health problems and illnesses. If anything goes wrong we straightaway blame it on stress without giving a second thought. Indeed when it comes to stress little can we do to control the triggers – situations or the emotions – but we can choose how to act to minimalise the damage. But this is where we go wrong and fail to take control of the situation. For people who suffer from diabetes, stress can wreak havoc on their health like o other. Here are 13 more reasons to take stress seriously.
‘Stress is a state of emotional strain or tension that occurs when we feel that we can’t cope with the general pressures of life. Normally stress is associated with behavioural problems such as binge eating, consumption of high fat, energy-dense food, poor dietary choices, physical inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle. It also reduces sleep quality and impairs mental peace by making one prone to depression, anxiety, insecurity and low self-esteem. These behavioural changes lead to obesity and the development of type 2 diabetes. This is why stress is thought to be the biggest contributing factor for diabetes in the recent times,’ says Dr Roshani Gadge, diabetologist, Mumbai.
Stress and diabetes: the link