Learn what stress does to your health, and how, if uncontrolled, it could lead to diabetes distress and even depression.
When stressed, your adrenal glands release 'stress hormones' (i.e., adrenaline and cortisol) into your bloodstream, resulting in increased blood sugar.
When blood sugar remains high, it makes diabetes control difficult.
Stress can also contribute to high blood pressure, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, and suppress the immune system.
Stress can cause mood changes and result in worries that affect sleep.
When not managed well, the impact of this stress can affect your personal, work and social functioning.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk with your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional.
Diabetes distress is the emotional distress from living with diabetes and the difficulties faced with daily self-management.
Strong negative emotions from living with diabetes can happen with checking blood sugar, taking medication, keeping up with physical activity and eating healthy.
These feelings may be unique to you. Diabetes distress can be managed.
Living with diabetes can be stressful, and limit your involvement in pleasurable activities.
Ongoing emotional struggles of coping with diabetes can include feeling you are constantly failing at managing your diabetes, feeling hopeless, fearing the long-term complications and feeling very alone.
Physical symptoms including fatigue, low energy, poor sleep, appetite and concentration.
Depressive symptoms impact self-care, reduce motivation in taking care of yourself, and can contribute to hyperglycaemia or hypoglycaemia.
Depression can be managed.
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