Chronic stress has been linked to insulin resistance, a key factor in the development of diabetes. Prolonged periods of stress can negatively impact the body’s ability to use insulin effectively, leading to higher blood sugar levels. This insulin resistance is a significant risk factor for diabetes.
For individuals with diabetes, high insulin resistance can limit the effectiveness of certain diabetes drugs. A review from January 2022 titled “Molecular Mechanisms Linking Stress and Insulin Resistance” concluded that chronic stress may disrupt the body’s ability to respond to insulin properly, increasing the risk of insulin resistance and diabetes.
Stress causes inflammation in the body, which can disrupt blood sugar regulation and increase the risk of diabetes. This chronic inflammation can contribute to the progression of diabetes and worsen diabetes-related complications, such as diabetic neuropathy. Furthermore, research has shown that acute sleep deprivation can reduce insulin sensitivity in healthy individuals without significant changes in cortisol levels.
Stress and overstimulation can also disrupt sleep patterns, leading to poor sleep quality, which in turn contributes to insulin resistance and increases the risk of diabetes. Poor sleep quality has been linked to an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other health problems. It’s important for individuals experiencing chronic stress or poor sleep quality to take steps towards managing their stress levels or improving their sleep hygiene habits.