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.
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.
- 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