How to keep stress and anxiety from bringing on type 2 diabetes

You could think of it as a domino effect — one motion sets the whole group falling.

Only in this case, it’s your health that starts to tumble out of control.

Researchers have found that constant stress can do a lot more harm to your body than you could ever imagine. In fact, it could be giving you diabetes.

That’s right, diabetes.

So if your anxiety or stress are off the charts, it’s time to take some simple steps to get them under control — before it’s too late.

Connecting the dots

Certainly it’s not news that stress is bad for us.

But what some new research out of Rice University found shows a strong link between feeling emotionally stressed out and developing diabetes.

Here’s how they connected the dots in what they dubbed the “stress-induced pathway.”

Anxiety, or stressful thoughts that you can’t get out of your head, actually trigger inflammation throughout your body.

And that’s a big problem. Because, over time, all this inflammation can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes.

The current Rice research was done crunching the data for over 1,200 middle-aged Americans, but it wasn’t the first time the stress/diabetes link has been found.

A few years ago Swedish researchers at the University of Gothenburg followed 7,500 men for over three decades. And they found without a shadow of a doubt that ongoing stress sends your diabetes risk skyrocketing.

The researchers commented at the time that stress was not being “recognized as a preventable cause of diabetes.” Well, maybe it’s time to fix that!

After all, we know that chronic inflammation can attack every part of your body, leading to heart disease, and autoimmune diseases such as RA and inflammatory bowel disease.

And now more evidence has been found as to how it can also trigger diabetes.

Of course, just telling you about how bad stress is certainly isn’t going to magically fix things. After all, your better half has probably been telling you the same thing for years now!

But there are some proven methods you can use to reduce both stress and inflammation.

For example:

  • Yoga has been found to be a real stress buster. And you don’t have to stand on your head or twist into a pretzel, either. There are even types of yoga that can be done from a chair for people with limited mobility.
  • Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to reduce inflammation and relieve stress. Plus that, it can also lessen pain, help you sleep better and even aid digestion.
  • Supplements such as Lemon balm, and especially L-Theanine have been found in numerous studies to reduce anxiety. L-Theanine, in fact, was tested head to head with Xanax and found to be far superior to that risky pharmaceutical. Another good herb to sooth raw nerves is Holy Basil, also called tulsi. You can get it both as a supplement or tea.
  • Aromatherapy is another very simple way to help get anxiety under control. Both lavender and chamomile are good stress-busters.

Whatever you can do to nip anxiety and stress in the bud is going to benefit your health in a very powerful way.

So there’s every reason in the world to start doing something about it right now!

Sources:
“Stress-diabetes link detailed in new study” Rice University, June 6, 2016, sciencedaily.com