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Emotional Stress

The same is true for nervous or emotional strain. Many diabetics find the disorder first diagnosed after a prolonged period of stress in their lives. Feeling run down, exhausted and listless, they attend their doctor for a 'check-up' and sugar is found in the urine during a routine test. Once more the dilemma emerges: did the stress cause the disorder or was it there undiagnosed anyway? Some evidence links the excessive release of adrenaline and cortisone the 'stress hormones' with the occurrence of diabetes at a later date, and it is also known that, in patients who have to be given cortisone for long periods to treat other diseases, diabetes can subsequently develop. Again, however, the real cause-and-effect relationship is unclear and the most that can be said is that there is an association between these findings and experiences but not a simple one.

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