There can be no denying that stress has (regrettably) become part of modern human existence. The average person deals with various stressors on a daily basis such as global warming, international terrorism, economic instability, workplace politics and familial issues, to name just a few. As long-time family doctors in Lawrenceville, Georgia, we know for a fact that these constant stressors have a huge impact on the health and well-being of our patients. Read on below to find out the connection between dealing with chronic stress and developing stage II diabetes.

The Link

A long-term study conducted by researchers from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has recently shown a strong connection between persistent stress and diabetes. The study revealed that men who battle chronic stress are 45 percent more likely to develop Type II diabetes compared to their less stressed colleagues. Researchers found this link to be significant even after adjustments were made for other factors such as age, body mass, blood pressure and socioeconomic status.

Diabetes is a growing problem in America – indeed, all over the world. If left unchallenged, an estimated one in three people are expected to be affected by it by the year 2050. Clearly, strong and persistent preventive measures are indicated. Reducing and managing daily stress effectively is a good place to start.

Complications from Diabetes

When stressed, the body produces energy-boosting hormones (such as epinephrine and cortisol) to handle the stress. These hormones lead to elevated blood sugar levels. People who do not have diabetes possess the compensatory mechanisms to handle the increased levels of stress hormones and the elevated blood sugar they bring about. However, people who have diabetes do not. Facing constant stress can lead to an avalanche of symptoms that diabetic sufferers will find difficult to contain.

People who have diabetes are at high risk for serious medical and health problems such as cardiovascular disease, blindness and kidney problems.

Our family medical clinic in Lawrenceville, Georgia,is housed in a new facility complete with the latest medical equipment and technology. It is conveniently located close to the Gwinnett medical center. Our Lawrenceville and Gwinnett physicians and medical staff are dedicated professionals who are committed to delivering the best possible medical services for your entire family.