Stress may trigger impaired glucose

Perceived stress and high levels of stressful life events increase the risk of developing impaired glucose metabolism over five years in adults who are in the normal range at baseline.

Monash University visiting researcher Dr Emily Williams (PhD) looked at data from 11,247 adults aged over 25 who participated in the Australian Diabetes, Obesity, and Lifestyle study (AusDiab). 

She found that, depending on the model, every additional point in perceived stress equated to a 4% increase in risk of developing impaired glucose metabolism. 

Researchers also looked at the impact of stress on glycaemic control for participants who already had impaired glucose metabolism at baseline. 

While they found no association between the two in men, both perceived stress and stressful life events did predict elevated glycosylated haemoglobin in women. 

Presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine 32nd Annual