Swedish study links stress to type 2 diabetes

Permanent stress has been linked to diabetes, and may keep you from aging gracefully.
Permanent stress has been linked to diabetes, and may keep you from aging gracefully.

Though there is ample research detailing how harmful too much stress can be for the body, few people need clinical data to tell them that this sensation is taking a physical toll. The excessive surge of cortisol through their system is an unpleasant experience for many, and as the years go on, it can make individuals feel and look both run down and exhausted. But, in case you needed another reason to take a deep breath and reach for a steaming cup of green tea, researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden have unearthed another health risk linked to stress.

According to a news release from the academic institution, researchers have released the results of a study that has spanned 25 years. Scientists have reportedly been monitoring the health of a 6,828 men since the 1970s. At the beginning of the project, the participants were asked to rank the degree of “permanent stress” they felt as a result of their jobs or other aspects of their lifestyle. When the scientists conducted follow-up interviews three decades later, they found that nearly half of the men who said they experienced permanent stress had developed type 2 diabetes.

“Today, stress is not recognized as a preventable cause of diabetes,” lead researcher Masuma Novak said in the release. These findings, she notes, may provide grounds to view stress management as a means of reducing diabetes risk.

Based on estimates from the American Diabetes Association, more than 25 million Americans are living with diabetes, making it one of the most widespread and, for the most part, preventable diseases facing the population. Given the severe health complications associated with this disorder, it is essential that those who hope to age gracefully stick to a well-balanced diet and, as this study indicates, keep their stress levels in check.

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