Many studies have revealed that those suffering from stress, anxiety, or depression are also at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Stress can have a damaging effect on ones immune system and can also lead to more underlying factors related to diabetes. Stress can lead to overeating, low physical activity, as well as an over consumptions of alcohol or smoking. Additional studies suggest that high stress can negatively affect blood glucose levels where as stress reduction can help improve levels.
Those living with diabetes or pre diabetes may want to practice some stress reduction techniques. We have compiled below a list of common stress reducing techniques for you to try as recommended by Harvard Medical School;
- Breathing techniques
- Muscle relaxation
Other common practices include;
- Music Therapy