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Diabetes and Stress! A contributing Factor?



Is there a relationship between Diabetes and stress? Without a doubt! In a nutshell, stress raises sugars (glucose)!

Depending on the stress causing situation, If you have Diabetes, your sugars can be elevated for lengthy periods of time which can cause...

...serious issues - For instance...

If you've lost a job and have been unemployed for  some time, and if you have been worrying thru-out this crisis, your body is releasing a constant flow of adrenaline into your blood stream.

This adrenaline release is preparing your body for the "flight or fight" response. During a "fight or flight" situation... 

...excess sugars are used up (fighting or running) and the system returns to normal.

Because situations such as depression and worry are not a "fight or flight" situation, the adrenaline that is released into the blood stream does not get used and just...

...circulates in the blood stream and eventually turns into toxins that damage our vessels, organs (pancreas), blood cells, etc. This encourages disease (which includes Diabetes).

When first diagnosed with diabetes some 25 years ago, the doctors were perplexed.

You see back then, a person seldom showed signs of diabetes when under the age of 40. I was in my mid- thirties and my weight was good (although I wasn't eating well).

The doctor explained this to me and included the statement: " the only conclusion that I can come to is that you must be under a lot of stress". And he...

...was right, I had a business that I was working pretty much 7 days a week and sixteen to twenty hours most days. I was exhausted! The effect was...

...extreme stress which attributed to my Diabetes! Yes! Diabetes and stress is not a good combination.

When you have  Diabetes and stress, you don't...

...eat right (too little or too much). You also don't want to do anything (including exercise). Because you know that  things need to be done - it makes you even more stressed and depressed. it's an unending cycle.

How do you combat physical stress? 

To reduce physical stress, try to stay as healthy as possible. Eat right - (I know it's easier said than done, but practice makes perfect). Exercise - burn off those...

...stress producing sugars and extra calories. Not only will this help control your Diabetes, but exercising also helps to relax the mind and body.

You can help control mental stress with:

  • Deep breathing exercises

  • relaxation therapy

  • meditation 

and here's a very good one...

replacing bad thoughts with good ones.

While all of the above can be very effective, I would say that the last one is important key to making all of the others more effective. You would be surprised at how our thoughts affect our lives and causes stress.

Try and recall some of the things that has in the past     depressed or stressed you (this may be something you are doing excessively already). They have always been things that you...

...sit around and think negatively about - usually more than necessary. The more we...

...focus on our problems, the more depressed and stressful we become. As we do this, the more our lives negatively affected. So...

...if you really want to relieve stress and change your life...

...Change your thoughts!

It's not easy believe me. But once you learn to control your thought habits, not only will your stress be less, but your life will improve, maybe even your Diabetes.

When we have created a habit which we have been practicing for years, (especially negative thinking) it's hard to break. 

But we have to start some where. Start today, refuse to think about things that you know stress you out or cause you to be depressed.

Change the thought. especially if it's something that you can't do anything about. If the thought for instance is "Whoa is me", I've lost my job and don't know if I'll ever find another one in this economy" Change your thoughts to...

..."I am so thankful and grateful to wake up to another day to see my family's face. Today brings me closer to the job that I've always wanted, one that provides all my family's needs.

This is a more pleasant and positive thought. And if you say this as if you already have the job with belief...

...watch how your situation changes, including your stress. Of course this is just an example. Your positive thoughts should reflect your personal issues.

The Power of The Subconscious Mind

I just recently read a book of the above title that I would like to share with you. I promise you it is very enlightening. The subconscious mind stores all of our past and present life happenings - good or bad.

We have to train our subconscious to think only good, peaceful, positive thoughts. It really works if you apply the teachings. There is a saying, "Thoughts are Things". That is...

...what you think about, comes about. This has been proved in my own life. I highly recommend the reading of this book and you can get it here for free. 

Going back to the effectiveness of meditation. Done correctly, meditation enhances the thought changing process. It even quickens the...

...stress relieving process, especially when accompanied by meditation music. Try it and see what I mean. Get the book, and then listen to this free meditation track to see what I'm talking about.

Diabetes comes with many complications and stress does not have to be one of them. Practice the things on this page concerning Diabetes and stress and you'll be thanking me.

May you have peace!


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