Thursday, 15 May 2014

Election Results & Diabetes

Election Results & Diabetes

May 16, 2014

The big Indian political jamboree is holding its breath: 
AnxiousStressedsome fractions may be a little Depressed and of course a 
few of them are enthusiastic and Over-Excited as the day of 16th May will unfold.

A date which will seal the fate of India for the coming 5 years, but, more importantly this date will decide the future of our loved, hated, trolled, hyped, misunderstood, angered, and some possibly reluctant politicians.

So, what will happen to RaGa if he doesn’t wins from Amethi? What will happen of AAP if Kejriwal isn’t able to make through? Though, exit polls have helped NaMo to be less anxious but he won’t be at peace today, the day before results.

Our politicians from AAP, BJP, Congress for over last 60 days grabbed all the time on our news channels, travelling, campaigning and inspiring us, the voters, that why they are the best choice for India; more importantly why the other politician is going to destroy this country. Well, all that running around must have taken its toll on their health. Arvind Kejriwal is a diabetic hence maintains his diet rather well; Narendra Modi is a frugal eater and maintains the same diet whichever part of country he is in. Rahul Gandhi is well off eating chocolates and drinking diet colas by virtue of his ‘youthfulness’.

Now, awaiting the results their brains must be giving them the jittery anxiousness, stress, depression and excitement to increase the blood pressure. All of this can play adverse effect on your health if you are a diabetic: All the stated mental status are associated with the high blood pressure (hypertension), which can lead to and make worse many complications of diabetes, including kidney diseases and diabetic eye disease. Having diabetes makes high blood pressure and other heart and circulation problems more likely because diabetes damages arteries and makes them targets for hardening. This can cause high blood pressure, which if not treated, can lead to blood vessel damage, stroke, heart failure, heart attack, or kidney failure.

Politicians and their followers with hypertension more often have:
·         Coronary artery disease (heart disease)
·         Strokes
·         Hardening of the arteries in the legs and feet
·         Heart failure

Even blood pressure that's at the higher end of normal, called prehypertension impacts your health.

What Should Blood Pressure Be if You Have Diabetes?
Blood pressure readings differ, but most people with diabetes should have a reading of no more than 140/80. The first, or top, number is the "systolic pressure”, or the pressure in the arteries when your heart beats and fills the arteries with blood. The second, number is the "diastolic pressure” or the pressure in the arteries when your heart rests between beats, filling itself with blood for the next contraction.
Care takers of our loved politicians; keep the count on their blood pressure! To treat and help prevent high blood pressure:
·         Control your blood sugar
·         Stop smoking
·         Eat healthy
·         Maintain a healthy body weight
·         Limit alcohol consumption
·         Exercise
·         Limit salt intake
·         Visit your doctor regularly

Clinically, you can term anxiety as ‘being afraid’ and happens as a result of perceived danger. This is a self- protection mechanism to alert us to and protect us from this perceived danger. Hence the body reacts and produces the symptoms of stress. Anxiety is a required protection mechanism but it turns into a disorder when a person becomes physically, psychologically or emotionally symptomatic, fearful or distraught because of it. If it does become a disorder, it can be reversed.

Appropriate stress management may be the key to avoiding conditions such as anxiety. Relaxation techniques include:
  • Breathing Exercises
  • Mediation
  • Yoga
  • Exercises always helps to avoid anxiety

Mind training in combination with diabetes management are some invaluable approach to aid the process of acceptance while easing anxiety and stress.

For people with diabetes, stress can affect blood sugars. Although mostly it is believed that stress makes the blood glucose levels rise, in some people stress appears to make blood sugars fall too. Stress affects people in different ways, fluctuating the blood sugar levels. Whatever is the case, the message has to be to learn to know how stress affects you and your blood glucose levels.

We have a stress reaction which may be an autonomic nervous system response, affecting our blood pressure, heart rate and causing sweating. But there may be other psychological effects that are not so easy to deal with, such as depression and frustration [diabetes can be very frustrating, as can be many long-term conditions!

Read our earlier blog which explains adverse effects of stress

Having diabetes and depression is the greatest negative effect on quality of life compared to diabetes or depression alone, or other chronic conditions. As per a research published in 2010:
  • People with depression were 17% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes
  • People with diabetes were 29% more likely to have depression compared with people without diabetes
  • The risk of diabetes was greater in those with depressed mood, rising to 25% greater in those on antidepressants
  • People with diabetes had a greater risk of depression rising to 53% higher among those treated with insulin
Lifestyle changes are recommended to lower the risk of both conditions for e.g. doing regular exercises and managing weight. Generally, cognitive behaviour therapy and anti-depressant medicines are effective for people affected with diabetes as observed in people without diabetes. The depression treatment not only improves blood sugar control but an improvement in mood and weight is also observed, thereby improving quality of life. It is also well recognized that exercise helps to reduce depression, so although it may be the last thing that people feel like doing, it is more than worth it. Read our earlier blog on depression & its effects on diabetes

So, whatever the ELECTION RESULTS may be, we recommend all the politicians, their families and their massive-massive die-hard fan followers to avoid being OVER STRESSED, ANXIOUS, DEPRESSED and OVER-EXCITED; more importantly the ones having DIABETES.

Whatever the election results may be, remember what binds all of us together is our nation. Let INDIA prevail…


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