New Delhi: Stress is said to be the major underlying cause of most modern-day diseases. Chronic stress can take a toll on our health, particularly those who have diabetes.
How is stress harmful for diabetics?
It blocks the body from releasing insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. Chronic stress can also make you more vulnerable to respiratory illness, reported TimesNow (TN).
COVID-19, Stress, and Diabetes
COVID-19, we all know, is caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that affects the respiratory system. TN quoted researchers as saying that people with diabetes and other chronic conditions are at high risk of severe illness and even death due to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 induced
Worries about coronavirus, lockdowns have certainly added to our stress level. Studies suggest that stress can lead to a buildup of blood sugar in the bloodstream, which can have serious health implications, reported TN.
There has been a 20 percent rise in the blood sugar levels of diabetics due to disruption of lives and increased stress and anxiety levels due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said TN quoting a report by Beato, a full-stack digital ecosystem for diabetes care and management.
The results were derived from 8,200 diabetic patients across India, according to the report.