Diabetes and Your Emotions
Mood has a powerful effect on Diabetes.
When you are stressed, your body produces the hormone called cortisol in large amounts. Cortisol is not your friend:
- It may cause depression. Depression may increase the death rate by up to 38 percent in people with Type-2 Diabetes.
- It raises blood sugar levels.
- It produces dangerous chemicals that damage the arteries and increase the risk of heart disease.
Over time, stress may also increase the amount of fat around your internal organs, the worst kind of "visceral fat." It also raises your heart rate, increasing the likeliness of suffering a heart attack over extended periods.
So, check your mood daily. Yoga and meditation are great practices for decreasing stress. In a recent study, people with Type-2 Diabetes that learned to de-stress through meditation dropped their A1c scores by 0.48 percent and reduced their blood sugar levels by 6 points.