Because of the influence of cortisol levels on managing blood sugar, finding effective ways to relieve stress can help manage blood sugar levels, especially for those with type 2 diabetes.
“Whether it’s a yoga class, taking a walk or reading a book, finding ways to lower your stress levels is important to everyone’s overall health,” says Joseph, who also serves as an assistant professor in the College of Medicine, “especially for those with type 2 diabetes.”
Based on the results of this recent study, Joseph and his team are planning more research: “We have begun a new trial to examine if mindfulness practices can lower blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes,” he explains.
And while mindfulness practices can be an important part of managing stress, he points out that those aforementioned strategies are always good too. “[Mindfulness] isn’t the only effective form of stress relief. It’s important to find something you enjoy and make it a part of your everyday routine.”
Some of our favorite stress management tools? Using favorite essential oils, following along with short meditations, and developing a breathwork practice (which you can learn with us!) are simple things that can make a big difference for stress levels.