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[IPu] Fw: [IPp] Family Stress May Dovetail With Diabetes

Hi All,
Don't know about this one ......
(thanks to Rachel from the POP List for this one)


 Family Stress May Dovetail With Diabetes

Stress Can Cause Insulin Resistance, May Lead to Vulnerability to Type 1

 By Miranda Hitti
WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD
on Friday, February 11, 2005
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Feb. 11, 2005 -- Stress doesn't just frazzle families; it may also nudge 
toward diabetes.

Psychological stress is a notorious health hazard. It takes its toll on the
heart as well as the emotions, and it's also been tied to pain, sleep 
and troubles with hormones and with the ability to fight illnesses.

Stress can also trigger insulin resistance that may lead to type 1 diabetes,
Swedish researchers say in February's issue of Diabetes Care.

The cause of type 1 diabetes isn't known. Neither are the ways that stress
affects the disease. Possibly, stress increases insulin resistance, putting
pressure on insulin-producing beta-cells, say the researchers.

In type 1 diabetes, the body's immune system destroys beta-cells. This 
the body unable to make enough insulin to manage blood sugar levels. Add 
to that scenario, and the beta-cells may be even more vulnerable.

Many factors can influence the development of diabetes. Genetics may push 
people toward the disease. Extensive weight gain can also prompt insulin
resistance. Other environmental factors including viral infections have also
been explored for type 1 diabetes.

Curbing Stress

You can't change your genes, but it's possible to ease other diabetes risk
factors, including weight problems and stress.

Both physical and emotional stress can spike your blood sugar. It's 
to totally avoid stress. You can't live in a bubble to insulate yourself 
problems, and issues aren't always under your control.

But improving your stress management skills makes it easier to ride out 
ups and downs whether you have diabetes or not.

Meditation and counseling could make a difference. So can journaling, 
your feelings in a positive and respectful manner, and finding activities 
love. Exercise is another great stress reliever, and it has plenty of other
health perks, including targeting any extra pounds. 
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