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6 Mind-Body Techniques for Diabetes Care

A woman sitting on a green grass field, looking up into a clear blue sky.

Discover how relaxation methods can benefit blood sugar control.

By Dan Fields

You probably know that eating right, being physically active, and managing your weight are important ways to prevent and treat diabetes. But did you know that reducing stress can also help keep your blood sugar levels in check? When you’re feeling frazzled, your body produces hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which raise not only blood pressure but also blood sugar.

Research has shown that relaxation techniques have the opposite effect: They lower levels of stress hormones, which in turn decreases blood sugar (glucose). Here are six mind-body methods worth exploring to help manage your diabetes symptoms.

Click for the first mind-body diabetes care technique.

Dan Fields is a freelance writer and editor in Framingham, Massachusetts. He is the former editor of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Self Healing newsletter.