Depression: The Unwelcome Companion of Diabetes

by on November 4th, 2010 at 7:00 am

Halloween is over and before you know it, department stores will be advertising for holidays. All of a sudden, you may find yourself in over your head in the holiday shopping frenzy. For those suffering from anxiety and depression, this kind of stress can be overwhelming, and even put us at risk of developing other ailments such as diabetes. Research has recently indicated that there is a cross-relationship between diabetes and depression, so it is important to understand the link to effectively manage these conditions.

Not only do experts believe that depression can put a person at risk for developing diabetes, but according to the American Diabetes Association, depression can even be a symptom of diabetes. It is also estimated that people suffering from diabetes are actually twice as likely to develop symptoms of depression then those without. With this in mind, focusing on prevention is essential.

Take advantage of the fact that you have to re-adjust routines and use this as an opportunity to get on the right tract for health! A great way to lower your chances of developing diabetes is consuming a balanced diet that is broken down into 6 small meals a day. This does wonders in maintaining blood sugar levels and keeping your mood stable.

Meals should consist of plenty of vegetables and fruits, as well as lean sources of protein. Healthy snacks throughout the day such as celery, apples, and nuts are perfect to keep cravings under control (cravings occur mostly when glucose levels in our blood drop).

Although making healthy food choices is essential for managing blood sugar levels naturally, portion control is also important. Keep this in mind when eating fruits and vegetables high in sugar, such as dried fruits, grapes, pineapple, carrots and sweet potato.

As always, natural remedies can be used to enhance your overall health. Stress is one of the culprits of imbalance in the body, and if not properly managed, it can even cause diabetes. Because of this, a ritual of relaxation should be a part of your everyday routine, especially during times where increased demands are placed on you. This can be in the form of a cup of chamomile tea before bedtime to promote restful sleep, or a few minutes of deep breathing to provide the body with a fresh supply of oxygen. Meditation and yoga are also highly recommended.

Even a bath with natural essential oils can help reduce stress levels and promote harmony in the bodies systems. There are many options; the most important thing is to find something that works for you. Soon you’ll be amazed at the power you have within yourself to restore balance and health and actually face the challenges and demands in front of you with a positive attitude.

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