Pre-Diabetes

Pre-Diabetes

5.4 Stress

  • Stress comes in mental and physical form. Your stress hormones that are made to deal with short-term stresses stay on for a long time. With that said, long-term stress can cause long-term high blood glucose levels. Stress can be short term or long term. In people with diabetes, stress can alter the blood glucose levels in two ways, it can cause people to let go of themselves and no longer check blood sugar levels or plan good meals and stress hormones can also have an impact on blood glucose levels.

How can I cope with Stress? Heres how:

  • Try positive self-talk and affirmations
  • Take some time for yourself in a quiet and just reflect on peaceful things
  • Prayer
  • Spend time with positive and encouraging people
  • Develop and maintain healthy relationships-social support is important
  • Get out and get active, do your 30 minutes’ exercise for the day
  • Try cutting back on alcohol, smoking, and caffeine 
  • Plan and allow yourself enough time to get things done
  • Use to do list
  • Learn to say “NO”-avoid over-committing 
  • Seek help from a mental health professional
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