Stress Increases Type 2 Diabetes Risk 45%
A group of investigators at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden conducted a prospective follow-up study about the relationship between chronic stress and other health issues. The results of the 35-year-prospective study showed that a man with permanent or chronic stress increases type 2 diabetes more than those who did not have it or had it periodically only. Since the study only included male participants, the relationship between chronic stress and type 2 diabetes [in women] is not known. Hence, its management is very important to reduce risk for type 2 diabetes as well as other health problems.
Ways to vent stress include activities such as meditation, yoga, exercise, massage, and other lifestyle changes. Implementing changes that can prevent or at least minimize it can directly help eliminate a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
Health-e-Solutions comment: Observational prospective studies follow a large group of people, who start out free of the particular disease being studied, for a long period of time, years and even decades. At the end of the study the results can show links between lifestyle and habits and certain health conditions.
This prospective study was forward looking, observing a population-based random sample of 7251 men derived from the Primary Prevention Trial Study, aged 47–56 years at baseline and without prior history of diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke. Observational studies can’t prove cause and effect, but when associations are seen in large populations, and occur in a well-established context, cause and effect may reliably be inferred.
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. It 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 control, quality sleep and exercise can have long lasting impact on health and help you #MasterDiabetesNaturally. 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: Novak M et al. 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