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Type 2 Diabetes: Stress increases blood sugar

Researchers at the Ohio State University have found a clear link between the stress hormone Cortisol and higher blood sugar levels in people with type 2 Diabetes. This suggests that stress reduction for diabetics could be particularly important.

The researchers found that the levels of the stress hormone Cortisol in type 2 diabetic patients fluctuated in the course of a day, less than in persons without Diabetes. "In healthy people, Cortisol varies during the day in a natural way. The mirror in the morning is highest, and falls in the evening. However, in patients with type 2 Diabetes who had all day flatter Cortisol Profiles, the glucose levels höher", study leader Dr. Joshua J. Joseph said. The results of the study are in the journal "Psychoneuroendocrinology" published.

Stress reduction gehört for Diabetes therapy

Persistently high cortisol levels make it difficult to control blood sugar and the treatment of the disease significantly. Therefore, it is for people with type 2 Diabetes is important to find ways for the reduction of stress. Joseph said: "Most people with type 2 knowledge of Diabetes, how important it is to exercise regularly, to eat a healthy diet and plenty of rest. Stress is a crucial and often forgotten part of Diabetes management is removal. Whether it is a Yoga class, a walk or a good book: It is important to find ways to relieve Stress, especially for people with type 2 Diabetes."

The relationship of Cortisol to glucose levels was only observed in patients with Diabetes. Dr. Joseph and his Team believe that the stress hormone also plays an important role in the prevention of Diabetes. The researchers have now begun a new study to examine whether mindfulness exercises can lower blood sugar in people with type 2 Diabetes.


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