Scientists have found a link between stress hormone and blood sugar levels
American doctors discovered the link between cortisol levels and high blood sugar in people with type II diabetes. The study is published in the journal psychoneuroendocrinology is.
Scientists from the medical center of the Wexner of Ohio state University and the medical College of Ohio conducted a study among people with type II diabetes and depression at the same time, and found that these diseases are interrelated. The authors found in these patients, a clear relationship between the levels of the stress hormone cortisol and glucose.
"In healthy people, cortisol levels fluctuate naturally throughout the day, rising in the morning and falling at night" — presented in a press release from the medical center, the head of the study Dr. Joshua Joseph (Joshua Joseph) from research Center for diabetes and metabolism at the Medical center of Ohio. But the participants with diabetes of the second type and depression levels of cortisol were more flat throughout the day amid high levels of glucose".
The relationship of cortisol with glucose levels was observed only in individuals with type II diabetes. Previous studies have shown that stress and depression are the two main reasons for a flatter profile of cortisol, making it difficult to control blood sugar levels, so people with diabetes of the second type, it is important to avoid stress.
In this disease some people control blood sugar levels through a healthy diet and exercise, others require insulin since their bodies are not producing this hormone in sufficient quantity. And those and others it is important to control their condition in order to correctly determine the level of loads or dose of the drug.
Scientists also make the assumption that lowering cortisol levels can be used as a method of prevention of diabetes. For this, they propose to use psychotherapeutic practice stress relief techniques focus consciousness on the present moment, quiet recognition and acceptance of their feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.
"We started a new study to find out whether the management practices to reduce the level of blood sugar in patients with type II diabetes. But this is not the only effective form of stress relief. Most people with type II diabetes know the importance of regular exercise, proper nutrition and sufficient rest," Joseph said.
"But stress is also an important and often overlooked component of treating diabetes. Whether it's yoga, walking or reading books, it is essential for everyone to find their own way to reduce stress and make it part of the daily routine". — said the scientist.
Dr. Joseph and his team continue to explore the relationship between cortisol and development of diabetes, planning in future to study the relationship of the stress hormone with cardiovascular disease.