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Stress Is The Cause Of Diabetes And Vice Versa

Chronic stress is linked to diabetes

Chronic stress, as well as physiological stress is linked to diabetes according to a recent study.


A 35-year prospective follow-up study of 7,500 men in Gothenburg, by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden shows that permanent stress significantly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.

The study looked at 6,828 men without any previous history of diabetes or coronary artery disease. During the follow-up 899 of these men developed diabetes.

The participants were asked to grade their stress level on a six-point scale, based on factors such as irritation, anxiety and difficulties in sleeping related to conditions at work or at home.

The results showed that men who reported permanent stress at home had a forty-five percent higher risk of developing diabetes, compared with men who reported to having none, or even periodic stress. The study showed stress is linked to diabetes, which underscore the importance of preventive measure.

Stress and Adrenal Fatigue Go Hand-in-Hand

When it comes down to adrenal fatigue, there’s been a lot of mystery. In the past, adrenal fatigue wasn’t accepted in conventional medicine at all, until the effects of chronic stress on the body needed a valid explanation.

The adrenal glands are two tiny glands that sit above the kidneys, hence the name Ad – Renal. The adrenals produce norepinephrine, which is adrenaline. They do this in response to stressful situations that occur and affect the body (such as fight or flight) and even after having caffeine.

When you’re being pushed too far, not eating right or maybe drinking to much alcohol – when you’re overworked, unhappy at home or dealing with sudden unexpected stress… all of these things can wear on the adrenals. This is in part how stress is linked to diabetes.

For example, you’ve been hit with bad news, your adrenals rush and the reaction overwhelms you, digestion completely shuts down, and you notice your hands and body are shaking. This is in response to the adrenals triggering off. Another example is giving birth. Adrenal fatigue usually follows childbirth because so much adrenaline is necessary and used to deliver a baby. It’s also the reason new mothers lose some hair post-partum.

Excessive release of adrenaline does more damage to the body than the adrenals being weakened. Adrenaline is so powerful it can burn out neurotransmitters in the brain, which affects clear thinking and even sleep. It can also impair liver function. This occurs when the liver can’t handle the load of over-saturation from epinephrine. One telltale sign of over-saturation of adrenaline from the adrenal glands is weight gain around the waist. It takes a lot of chronic stress to occur before we begin to see signs of adrenal fatigue. This may be why we mostly see symptoms later in life.

Common Signs Of Adrenal Fatigue Include:

  • Excessive thirst.
  • Light headedness.
  • Feeling revved up before bed instead of tired.
  • Wake up not rested – (adrenals fluctuate up and down and cortisol is being released during the night).
  • Crashing mid-morning, afternoon, after dinner – you may start to look for sugar or caffeine.
  • Hair loss
  • Mild bouts of depression
  • Lower libido (for women only)
  • Liver glucose storage – because the adrenals are always running, liver loses ability store produce and release glucose. This is because of high adrenaline.

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What Fatigued Adrenals Mean For Diabetics

Both type 2 diabetes and hypoglycemia begin with malfunctioning adrenals. Stress is linked to diabetes when prolonged stress with adrenals pumping does damage to the liver and pancreas. Essentially, adrenaline is a fuel for pathogens that cause Type 1 diabetes as well as liver issues that cause type 2 diabetes.

When type 2 diabetics are under physiological stress due to a stagnant, fatty liver, the adrenals are pumping constantly due to the stress. With the liver unable to do its job (which is backing up the pancreas) the pancreas becomes over loaded and there’s insulin resistance.

For most people with type 1 diabetes, fatigue may be coming from a pathogen itself (ex: Epstein Barr Virus) and they may be dealing with this viral fatigue from the virus condition according to research.

When it Comes to Reviving The Adrenals There Is Help

What you eat and how you eat goes a long way in reviving the adrenals and ultimately healing the adrenal glands. First know that eating only three times a day can be disastrous for those with diabetes who also deal with adrenal fatigue. Hypoglycemia can occur if you don’t eat at least small light, balanced snacks. Thus, the trick is to eat a balanced snack every one to two hours.

Freshly juiced celery (16 oz) once each day helps tremendously to restore tired adrenals, strengthen neurotransmitters, create dopamine, cleanse the liver and produce much needed hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Celery juice has a score of zero on the glycemic index and can be taken without raising blood sugar.

Other low GI snacks provide a combination of potassium and sodium, which helps in restoring adrenal function. These snacks include:

• 2 dates and a stick of celery,
• 3-4 dried figs with a celery stick or two.
• Almond butter, peanut butter, or sunflower on a stick of celery
• Apple slices with almond butter
• Sweet potato with a small kale or romaine salad

The idea is to take in both potassium and sodium together as frequently as possible when snacking.

Lower The Fat

Fat intake must be lowered to avoid high fat levels in the blood when dealing with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. When fat levels in the blood are high, the adrenals flood the body with adrenaline, kicking in the digestive process to move that fat through your system. The excess of adrenaline from this process alone can wear away at the pancreas over time, reducing its ability to produce enough insulin to keep your glucose levels in check. What’s more, high blood fat levels prevent glucose from entering your cells. The excess fat stresses the pancreas because it needs to release enzymes for fat digestion.

Unstress Your Organs

It goes without saying that lowering your physiological stress as well as your daily stress, or at least how you cope with it, will go a long way toward protecting your adrenals. Keep in mind that how and when you eat helps greatly in easing the burden on your pancreas, liver, and adrenal glands, which helps prevent and/or heal from diabetes. Ultimately, reducing dietary fat and including more healthy carbohydrates in the diet will help to de-stress the digestive process and give you the best shot at healing from diabetes and keeping the A1C levels in a healthy range on a more consistent basis.