It is no secret that diabetes is stressful and that stress can negatively impact metabolic control.
The ADA recommends an A1c under 7.0% to reduce the onset of diabetes-associated complications.
In the USA today:
1) Stress hormones increase insulin resistance.
2) Stress decreases diabetes-care.
The majority of diabetes care is self-care. It's not like you go to the doctor 2-3 times a year, they give you a pill and poof...diabetes is under control. If you have diabetes, you are in charge of the outcomes.
Ironically achieving optimal blood glucose numbers can be stressful in itself. Despite your efforts, you still cannot tame your numbers. It is no wonder that people with diabetes are 50% more likely to develop anxiety disorders and depression.
Changing our stress response is at the heart of improving metabolic control and quality of life with diabetes.
Yogic-based practices can be a potential antidote to resolve the stress crisis. Practices like yoga-nidra, pranayama, and meditation are perfect tools to maintain a daily rest ritual.
Studies show that relaxation training can:
Education about the importance of relaxation with diabetes is not enough to reap the benefits. Think about how many times you've done something today that's not in the best interest of diabetes? Our patterns are hard-wired.
To truly make a shift, it has to apply to YOUR LIFE. I want to help you do that.
In this video, learn one of my top 3 strategies to induce a relaxation response anytime and anywhere.
I want to know your BIGGEST diabetes STRESSORS. Please SHARE your experience in the comments below!
Alleviate diabetes stress naturally with yoga, breathing, yoga nidra and meditation
Evan Rachel Soroka