Diabetes and stress
Stress is the feeling of tension or fatigue you experience by too much physical or mental pressure. The stress of daily life, combined with the management of diabetes every day, it can affect your mood and emotions so your blood sugar levels can be altered, which in turn can lead to changes in the patterns of your medication. You may feel:
- Furious at having diabetes.
- Frustrated by having to change your life because of diabetes.
- Fearful of not being able to load.
- Concerned about the complications of diabetes.
Changes in glucose levels in the blood can also cause stress. A low level of glucose can cause feel irritable or nervous. A high level can make you feel tired or depressed
You can not totally escape the stress in life, but you can learn to handle it, it is often easier to cope with stress if your glucose levels in the blood are controlled. Talking with family, close friends or a diabetes support group about stress in your life can also help. Other ways to manage stress include:
- Getting enough sleep.
- Eating healthy food.
- Exercising regularly or be more active.
- Watching movies or listening to music.
- Read a book.
- Search for a hobby.
- Visit friends.
Laughter is a great remedy against stress. A good sense of humor will lift your spirits and make stress manageable.
Depression and diabetes
The relationship between diabetes and depression is unclear. However, more people with diabetes suffer from depression than those without diabetes. Depression does not mean feeling blue or depressed from time to time; It means feeling immensely sad or lose interest in almost anything for weeks or months. Other signs of depression include:
- Trouble sleeping.
- Not being able to concentrate.
- Eating too much or too little.
If you have any of these signs for more than a few weeks, consult your doctor. If your depression has no physical cause, it may refer to a mental health professional. Depression can often be alleviated with advice, drugs or both.
Diabetes at work
Discuss with your doctor the type of work you do or if you plan to change jobs. It may be necessary to incorporate some changes in your treatment plan for diabetes. Be sure to tell your doctor if:
- Work driving or handling dangerous equipment
- Working in rotating shifts
- It has a stressful job
You should be able to perform almost any job with diabetes. But you may need to change your meal plan if you have a night job or an itinerary that varies. You also may need to adjust the dose of your diabetes medicine and exercise plan according to their use.
Always have a snack at work fast acting carbohydrate in case you have an episode of low blood sugar as this can cause fainting.
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