Depression and Diabetes
Maintaining Emotional Health
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Learn techniques to help you relax, deal with stress, and keep your blood sugar levels within their target range.

Stress, depression, and type 2 diabetes
Dealing with the physical, mental, and emotional demands of type 2 diabetes can be overwhelming. Extreme emotions, stressful situations, and depression can affect good diabetes self-care.

Some sources of stress are caused by physical conditions such as surgery or illness. Other types of stress are mental, such as family or financial worries. All kinds of stressful situations can cause your hormone and blood sugar levels to change.

For people with type 2 diabetes, mental stress causes a rise in blood sugar levels. Physical stress also can cause blood sugar levels to rise. It is important that you learn how to deal effectively with stress to keep your blood sugar levels within target range.

  What you can do
Fortunately, you can take steps to handle stressful situations. You can learn techniques to help you relax and change your coping style.
For instance, some people adopt a problem-solving attitude, working to confront and fix the situation at hand. Other people accept that certain situations are not as bad as they appear to be at first glance. Both ways of dealing with stress can result in better balance of blood sugar levels. Other ways to help yourself relax include:
  • Breathing exercises
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Physical activity
  • Replacing harmful thoughts with good ones
  • Making changes to avoid stressful situations
  • Joining a support group for people with type 2 diabetes


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