Permanent Stress Causes Type 2 Diabetes
Permanent Stress Causes Type 2 Diabetes. Men who reported permanent stress have a significantly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than men who reported no stress. This is the finding of a 35-year prospective follow-up study of 7,500 men in Gothenburg, by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Since the 1970s, a large population based cohort study has been undertaken at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg to monitor the health of men born in Gothenburg between 1915 and 1925.
Using this unique material, researchers are now able to show that permanent stress significantly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Of the total sample, 6,828 men without any previous history of diabetes, coronary artery disease or stroke were analyzed. A total of 899 of these men developed diabetes during the follow up.
Stress at baseline in this study was measured using a single item question in which they were asked to grade their stress level on a six-point scale, based on factors such as irritation, anxiety and difficulties in sleeping related to conditions at work or at home. At baseline, 15.5% of the men reported permanent stress related to conditions at work or home, either during the past one year or during the past five years.
The results show that men who have reported permanent stress had a 45 percent higher risk of developing diabetes, compared with men who reported to have no or periodic stress. The link between stress and diabetes has been statistically significant, even after adjusting for age, socioeconomic status, physical inactivity, BMI, systolic blood pressure and use of blood pressure-lowering medication.
“Today, stress is not recognized as a preventable cause of diabetes” says researcher Masuma Novak, who led the study. “As our study shows that there is an independent link between permanent stress and the risk of developing diabetes, which underlines the importance of preventive measure.”
We have talked with a number of people with type 1 diabetes who relate a traumatic or stressful event precipitated the development of their disease. We think stress plays an important role in disease progression, including autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes. We think a lifestyle that places importance on stress reduction can play a role in preventing or managing diabetes more effectively.
Managing stress is one of the five pillars supporting thriving health in the Health-e-Solutions lifestyle, and its impact should not be underestimated, even in children. Stress has been proven to increase both a person’s susceptibility to blood sugar spikes and the severity of complications from the disease.
For years, stress reduction programs have been used clinically for reducing the burden of chronic disease and increasing resiliency. A more resilient body and mind make for optimal health! Managing stress is vital to optimal blood sugar control.
Effective stress management, along with nutrition, environmental management, quality sleep and exercise can have long lasting impact on health. In our downloadable, printable special report on Stress and Diabetes we’ll give you the tools you need to manage stress effectively. Put your body in a position of strength by promoting, supporting and creating health. Get tools and solutions to help minimize consequences and maximize benefits for nutrition, environment, exercise, sleep and stress management.
Journal Reference: M. Novak, L. Björck, K. W. Giang, C. Heden-Ståhl, L. Wilhelmsen, A. Rosengren. Perceived stress and incidence of Type 2 diabetes: a 35-year follow-up study of middle-aged Swedish men. Diabetic Medicine, 2013; 30 (1): e8 DOI: 10.1111/dme.12037