The link between diabetes and a bad temper.
Diabetes isn't just tough on the body—it may also be bad for relationships. People who have trouble metabolizing glucose tend to be more aggressive; they have less energy to devote to self-control, according to researchers at Ohio State University. In a study they conducted, the more severe a diabetic's symptoms, the more violent and unforgiving he was judged to be by himself and others.
Katherine Schreiber is a recovering exercise addict and writer. Her work has been published in Psychology Today, where she previously worked as an editor, TIME Healthland, Weight Watchers Magazine, on Greatist.com, and on Psychcentral.com. She has also appeared on ABC Nightline. Katherine currently lives with her fiancé in New York City, is pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction at Sarah Lawrence College, and is working on her second book about female sexuality
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Sugar is a simple form of energy the brainuses to carry out resource-sapping tasks like self-control. The less energy we have to curtail angry impulses, the more likely we are to act out. In a separate study, people who drank a glass of sugar-sweetened lemonade acted less aggressive toward a stranger a few minutes later than did those who drank artificially sweetened lemonade.
Problems delivering glucose from the bloodstream into the body is a prime feature of Type 2 diabetes. Diabetics have difficulty getting enough fuel to the brain, leaving them at a constant risk of running on empty.
"When people think of diabetes, they think only of the potential harm to the diabetic," says researcher Brad Bushman, pointing to his additional studies, which reveal that, across 122 countries, high crime rates correlate with soaring diabetes rates. "The truth is, the disease can harm even strangers—which gives new importance to finding a cure." —Katherine Schreiber
Spoonful Of Vigor
Tracking glucose and monitoring meds are key steps for diabetics. Here are a few more tips for maximizing health—and feeling calm.
- Work out. Exercise reduces stress and helps facilitate glucose absorption. "Even simple walking helps tremendously," says Robert Henry, M.D., a diabetes specialist in San Diego.
- Catch some Zs. Sleep deprivation impairs insulin sensitivity even in nondiabetics. Since many Type 2 diabetics suffer from sleep apnea, Henry suggests that anyone with a recent diagnosis undergo a sleep study to assess their snooze quality.
- Eat a balanced To help maintain steady blood glucose levels, choose complex carbohydrates, like whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.diet.