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Q:

Could diabetes be brought on by stress? My husband was borderline a year ago, a few days ago he was under tremendous stress. Symtoms were vomiting lightheaded, dehydrated, chest pains. He went to the doctor and sure enough his sugar level was high and they put him on gluclose. My question is could have the stress of his job brought out his symtoms?

A:

STRESS is an underlying culprit for most chronic and autoimmune conditions, the trigger for conditions we may have a genetic disposition for. Stress comes in many forms, both positive and negative. Negative stress includes sickness and unhealthy lifestyles and environments. Mostly, we attribute STRESS to demands of work and homelife. This can cause physiological changes that, among other things, put wear and tear on the immune system. A weakened immune system is fair game for any chronic illnesses our genes may have us set up for. This is why the first defense for newly diagnosed conditions is to change one's lifestyle: dietary and exercise habits, sleep, etc. This is not so easy to do, but in the case of diabetes, makes the disease very manageable in the majority of cases. Be firm but supportive here as you learn how to live with this disease. Seek help from Educators in your area so that you understand early in the game how to manage. You will both be happier for it.

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