Having type 2 diabetes can be stressful. You may have a lot on your plate, such as:
All this stress can lead to depression. If you have at least 3 of the symptoms below, or just a few but have been feeling bad for 2 weeks or more, talk with your doctor:
- Trouble sleeping
- Change in appetite
- Trouble concentrating
- Loss of energy
- Feeling sad, blue, or down in the dumps
- Sadness that is worse in the morning
- Suicidal thoughts
How to help lower stress in your life
Everyone has different ways of dealing with stress. Here are some ways to help you cope:
- Start a new exercise program or play a sport
- Start a new hobby or learn a new craft
- Stay busy. Volunteer at a hospital or a charity
Talk to your doctor before starting any physical activity.
Stress can affect blood sugar levels in 2 ways in people with type 2 diabetes
- Stress hormones may raise your blood sugar levels.
- Stress can make it harder to take good care of yourself. You may forget to test your blood sugar levels. You may also exercise less frequently, drink more alcohol, or stress eat. All of these can affect your blood sugar levels.
Getting support can help. Here are some tips:
- Find a support group
- Make friends in support groups. It may help you learn new ways to cope with stress
- Find people with type 2 diabetes who are dealing with similar things
- Ask your doctor about seeing a therapist or counselor