Posted by: Kailash | 2019/01/07


Stress induced diabetes

I am 30 year old medical PG resident. Last year I was under tremendous mental stress. Recently diabetes was detected. Can stress induced diabetes be reversed ?

Expert's Reply


Diabetes expert
- 2019/01/09


Stress doesn't cause diabetes, but could aggravate underlying abnormal glucose metabolism, i.e if you were pre-diabetic, then it could push you into diabetes. In terms of diabetes reversal, Type 2 diabetes is reversible, and this has been shown in patients who have markedly altered their diets and lost weight. Reversing diabetes is more likely in patients whose diabetes is controlled on tablets, although there are patients who have achieved this on insulin as well. A recent study in the U.K showed that patients who followed a very low calorie diet, were able to reverse their diabetes and after a few months (it was a short term trial)  still had normal glucose levels. There is now also a lot of evidence that weight loss through bariatric surgery has been shown to reverse diabetes in about 80% of patients. The trick in both cases though is that in the long term you need to maintain the lifestyle changes, otherwise all you will have done is to temporarily push down the glucose levels into the normal range and then with time they will go up again

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