Men: High stress levels increases diabetes risk

In addition to a laundry list of negative impacts stress can have on your health, here's another one that men can add to the tally: stress.

In a study from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, researchers found that men who reported continuous high levels of stress were more likely to develop diabetes.

Details of the study

About 7,000 men from Sweden were recruited for the study, which lasted about 35 years. In the beginning of the research period, about 15.5 percent of men reported experiencing "permanent" stress in either their work or home environments. A six-point scale was used to determine how severe the men's stress levels were, and there were three main categories of stress: permanent stress, no stress or periodic stress.

At the end of the study, the men who reported permanent stress were 45 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than the men in the other two categories.

Diabetes risk still high despite risk factors

Even after researchers accounted for other diabetes risk factors--like high blood pressure or obesity--the impact of stress remained the same. However, the authors note that it's not clear whether stress caused diabetes or if developing diabetes caused the permanent stress.

The findings, however, are still significant for health care providers who continue to grapple with the devastating impact diabetes is having on a global level--both in terms of public health and financial costs.

"Self-perceived permanent stress is an important long-term predictor of diagnosed diabetes, independently of socio-economic status, BMI and other conventional Type 2 diabetes risk factors," the researchers wrote.

The study is published in the journal Diabetic Medicine.

Source: Huffington Post

More Articles

Diabetic shoes are important as a common side effect of diabetes is "peripheral neuropathy," which causes loss of sensation in the extremities....

There’s something inherently playful about bouncing, which is why so many people enjoy rebounding. Rebounding, or exercising on a mini-trampoline...

Do not let pictures of yoga experts with their bodies twisted into bizarre, compact shapes fool you. Even people with stiff muscles, creaky joints...

One of the hardest parts about adopting a low-carb diet is giving up traditional baked goods and sweets. The good news, however, is that low-carb...

Insulin injections are a way of life for many people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but for some people, they can be a little intimidating at...

More Articles

Diabetic shoes are important as a common side effect of diabetes is "peripheral neuropathy," which causes loss of sensation in the extremities....

Everyone from grandmothers to physicians tout oatmeal's wholesome goodness and health benefits. But, is oatmeal good for diabetics? Limited...

A common complication associated with diabetes is swollen feet. The swelling can...

Stomach aches and other gastrointestinal pains can be signs of a bigger problem. One such problem for diabetics is gastroparesis, or delayed...

Improving your A1C reading requires you to maintain consistently healthy blood...

You may think beer, wine, and liquor would be categorized as food, but in reality, alcohol is a drug. Just like medications, alcohol has powerful...

While most physicians will tell you that your blood glucose will not be impacted by a flu shot, anecdotally there are reports of increased...

With such a marked increase in the number of new diabetes cases, more people are wondering if type 1 diabetes...

Experts estimate that somewhere in the world a person with diabetes will lose a lower extremity every half minute due to a wound. One of the...

One of the hardest parts about adopting a low-carb diet is giving up traditional baked goods and sweets. The good news, however, is that low-carb...

Anyone can develop a fungal skin infection, but people with diabetes are more prone to them. A common cause of fungal infections in those with...

Many diabetics struggle to control the sudden blood sugar spikes that can occur after meals. Knowing why blood sugar spikes happen and making...

Do not let pictures of yoga experts with their bodies twisted into bizarre, compact shapes fool you. Even people with stiff muscles, creaky joints...

The medical community relies heavily on the goodwill of its citizens, as giving blood and organ donations help save thousands of lives every year...

There are several misconceptions about Diabetes. Learn more about the top misconceptions vs. facts surrounding Type 2 Diabetes below.

86...