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Question:

From Alabama, USA:

Is stress a cause of diabetes?

Answer:

In a word -- no! However, there is no doubt that very stressful events can precipitate the symptoms at the end of the process of decline of pancreas beta cell function. Another way of putting this is that stress can be the "straw that broke the camel's back." The commonest form of stress that we see doing this is an otherwise minor viral infection. This puts a strain on the body with demands for more insulin than can be met and the blood sugar rises with the appearance of the symptoms of diabetes.

KJR

Original posting 1 Nov 1998
Posted to Research: Causes and Prevention and Stress

  
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