Our expert says:
Severe and long-lasting stress, or an acute shock, may activate latent diabetes. If you have been exposed to stress of this nature then it is important to obtain expert assistance to help you deal with the stress and trauma. I would recommend that you consult a clinical psychologist to help you work through the stress and to teach you coping mechanisms. I trust that if you are diabetic that you have also consulted a registered dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will take your diabetes, medications and other conditions such as overweight, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on foods with a low fat content and a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet & Nutrition' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’. Ask your doctor what type of exercise you are allowed to do and get more active, e.g. start going for brisk walks for about 30 min every day, BUT only if your doctor gives permission. Regular exercise will help not only to stabilise blood sugar and insulin levels, but also to promote relaxation and lift the depression.
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