Unfortunately, we all age, but as some say: “it’s better than the alternative”! Some of us age faster and show the signs of it much more prominently than others. But one more particularly unappealing thought is that certain medical conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, can actually cause you to age faster.
One of the major factors that causes us to age prematurely is stress. It creates stress lines on your face, bags under your eyes, hair loss, loss of sleep, affects your appetite and puts an unnecessary strain on your heart. It is also not good for people dealing with diabetes; even receiving a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes brings stress to both your mind and your body. And not just the diagnosis, the vigilance and discipline diabetes control demands is stressful with a capital “S”.
When your blood sugar level is off, your body beings to suffer from stress.
- heart rate quickens,
- your body begins to perspire,
- breathing becomes labored,
- trembling sets in,
- your brain becomes foggy,
- and more.
All of these factors are not good for your body. Anytime you put your body through this unnecessary stress, it can cause it to age faster than it need to.
Take a look at people who are in jobs with extremely high levels of stress: police officers, air traffic controllers, commodity traders, etc., and many times, you’ll see someone who looks older than their true age. These are people who usually don’t have major medical issues except those that are stress-related. Imagine how adding stress triggers for diabetes would additionally affect them.
Another way to avoid aging from stress is to ensure your body gets what it needs. This means everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to drinking plenty of water… and rest. Processed foods are not included here. All of the additives and preservatives in these foods actually ages you more.
Ironically, too much sugar in your body is not only bad for diabetes control, but for aging as well. Prolonged periods of elevated blood sugar levels:
- attack nerves,
- affects the elasticity of your skin,
- clouds your brain’s thinking ability,
- decreases blood flow to your extremities, and
- causes your kidneys, among other organs, to work overtime.
All are classic symptoms of aging.
Exercise is an excellent way to slow the aging effects of diabetes. It allows you to retain more muscle mass, burn more calories, limit fat storage and gives you more energy. Plus, bone density is not affected nearly as much as it would be if you have a sedentary lifestyle.
Even though we all age, there’s no reason to rush the process. Keeping your blood sugar and body weight within normal limits is naturally the way for people with Type 2 diabetes to handle their disease, even reverse it. But it also goes a long ways in slowing down your body’s aging clock too.