Welcome to M.V Hospital for Diabetes, established by late Prof. M.Viswanathan, Doyen of Diabetology in India in 1954 as a general hospital. In 1971 it became a hospital exclusively for Diabetes care. It has, at present,100 beds for the treatment of diabetes and its complications.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Stress & Health

When does stress begin to affect health?

Life without stress can become quite monotonous. A little bit of stress is good. It usually encourages people to do better.

Stress is the ‘brain’s response to any demand’. It quickly releases hormones that make people find ways to protect themselves. The ability to cope with stress varies from person to person.

Too much stress can result in lack of sleep, headache, anxiety, depression and at times may affect one’s health.


The Heart:-
One study found that stress could increase heart attack risk by 23%.

After a stressful day at work some people tend to relax by drinking alcohol, or smoking, or gorging on food and this can result in adding weight. These activities can also contribute to heart problems by raising blood pressure and causing damage to the walls of the arteries.

Stress may also reduce blood flow to the heart, especially for women. Studies show that intense anger or anxiety may raise heart attack risk by more than nine times.

Stress increases the risk of diabetes. During times of stress the body increases the production of the hormone cortisol, which can increase the amount of glucose in the blood.  

 Stress can affect people with diabetes by poor management of the condition. They may drink more alcohol or exercise less. They may forget, or not have time, to check their glucose levels or eat well planned meals at the proper time.

Studies suggest that stress may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Stress can result in couples having problems getting pregnant or continuing a pregnancy. In men, stress could trigger the release of some steroid hormones that affect the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. This could lower testosterone levels and sperm production in men hence making them infertile.

How can people protect themselves against stress-induced health problems?

The best way to reduce the risk of stress-related health problems is to tackle the stress itself.
  1. Recognize the symptoms of stress. They could be sleeplessness, exhaustion, eating too much or too little and feelings of depression, anger or irritability, excessive smoking or drinking or even taking drugs.
  2. Talk to and get support from friends and family. If they cannot help you,  get professional help from a counsellor or psychiatrist.
  3. Move about. Exercise to relieve stress.  Physical activity and exercise increase production of the ‘feel good’ endorphins in the brain. Exercise helps with symptoms of depression, as well as improves sleep quality.
Some other ways to help deal with stress:
  1. Be positive: Instead of saying "I can't do this," say "I'll do the best I can." Negative self-talk increases stress.
  2. Use quick stress stoppers: If you start to feel stressed, count to 10 before you talk,  or take a few deep breaths or go for a walk.
  3. Do something you enjoy: Engaging in activities you enjoy is a great way to hold back stress. Take up a hobby, watch a movie or have a meal with friends.
  4. Daily relaxation: Use relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga and tai chi. They can reduce stress levels.

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