Stress can play a role in the development and management of diabetes and prediabetes.
When you are stressed, your body releases stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which can cause an increase in blood sugar levels. Over time, this can lead to insulin resistance which is a risk factor for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Stress can also lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as overeating, drinking alcohol, or smoking, which can also increase the risk of developing diabetes and prediabetes.
Managing stress is an important aspect of diabetes and prediabetes management. Strategies for managing stress include exercise, relaxation techniques like deep breathing and meditation, talking with friends or a therapist, and getting enough sleep. These strategies can help lower stress hormone levels and improve blood sugar control.