does-apple-cider-vinegar-help-with-type-2-diabetes-68238New research published in the journal Diabetic Medicine found permanent stress at work or home to be a significant factor in the development of type 2 diabetes. Of the 7 000 men in the study, 45
percent were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if they reported permanent stress.
The study was conducted at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. The men of the study had no previous history of diabetes, heart disease or stroke. Stress levels were rated on a six-point scale indicating no stress, periodic stress or permanent stress over a 35-year period.
The researchers taking into account other diabetes risk factors such as high blood pressure, age and physical activity level further confirmed the findings.
“Self-perceived permanent stress is an important long-term predictor of diagnosed diabetes, independently of socio-economic status, BMI and other conventional type 2 diabetes risk factors,” researchers added.
Stress increasing doctor’s visits
Stress can also play a significant role in the development of headaches, high blood pressure, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression and anxiety. Seventy-five to 90 percent of all doctor’s office visit are stress related according to WebMD. 43 percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress at some time in their lives.
However, stress is a normal part of life and cannot be avoided. Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that requires a response. Stress can be positive as well, keeping us alert and avoiding danger. One can experience physical, chemical, mental and emotional stress.
Stress becomes negative when one faces continuous, long-term challenges without relief between the challenges. As the definition implies, stress upsets the normal equilibrium or balance in one’s life and causes health conditions to develop. Stress can be exacerbated and become extremely dangerous if one uses alcohol, tobacco, or drugs in attempt to relieve their stress. A poor diet and lack of physical activity can even take a further toll on one’s body. Diet and exercise play an integral role in facilitating how one reacts and responds to stress.
How does stress cause disease?
Over-commitments to one’s work responsibilities, dysfunctional family life, lack of time, financial pressures and difficulties in personal relationships can all be important sources of stress and disease.
A person’s response to stress varies tremendously and in large part depends on his or her own personality style, family upbringing and social support structures.
The body has a built in system that is activated under any form of stress called the fight or flight response.
Stressful events are a fact of life. One may not be able to change their current situation but one can take steps to manage the impact stress has on their health.
Learn to identify what stresses you out, how to take control of some stress-inducing circumstances, and how to take care of yourself physically and emotionally in the face of stressful situations.
The bottom line is that our health will impact our work, relationships and physical and mental well being. .
This column is directed by your questions, comments and inquiries. The health advice provided is in collaboration with the World Health Organisation’s goals of disease prevention and global healthcare education. Views do not necessarily reflect endorsement.
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