Stress eating is a common behavior that many Americans are guilty of. People eat for comfort when they feel overwhelmed, sad, or stressed. Unfortunately, stress eating can lead to serious health issues, such as type 2 diabetes. In this article, we will explore the connection between stress eating and type 2 diabetes, and how masturbation can be used as a helpful practice in curbing stress.
- The Issue with Type 2 Diabetes
- How Many People Deal with Stress
- Why Masturbation can be an Aid in Curbing Stress
The Issue with Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a condition that affects millions of people around the world. It is characterized by high blood sugar levels, which can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, vision loss, kidney disease and nerve damage. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) more than 37 million Americans have diabetes (about 1 in 10 people), and approximately 90-95% of them have type 2 diabetes.
How Many People Deal with Stress
Of course stress is a part of life we can never really avoid. But often when a person experiences stress, the body releases the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Many generations ago, when we were not at the top of the “food chain”, these hormones helped us fight or flee from dangerous situations, such as a lion attack, or a local neighboring tribe trying to steal your food supply.
Cortisol raises our heart rates, floods our bodies with glucose, and supplies an immediate surge of energy for us to run away from danger, or lift heavy objects. But it can also trigger the urge to eat. Additionally, the release of cortisol can cause an increase in appetite for sugary and fatty foods. These foods release pleasure chemicals in the brain, which provide a temporary sense of comfort and relaxation. However, this relief is short-term and can lead to a vicious, addictive cycle of stress eating, which can contribute to weight gain. This can, in turn, affect insulin sensitivity, making it harder for the body to regulate blood sugar levels. In short, managing stress is key to managing your overall health.
There is no single method to manage stress that will solve everything. Practicing a combination of stress-management techniques like mindfulness meditation, consistent exercise, and getting lots of sleep can have a positive effect. Moreover, a healthy diet high in fiber, and the order (food sequencing) in which you eat your food (vegetables and fiber first, then proteins, then carbs), as well as cutting down on sugar and carbohydrates may drastically help in the battle to lower blood sugar spikes according to various studies. It is also important to be aware of your emotional state and how it can play into what you’re eating.
Before impulsive eating takes over and becomes a habit, the above practices should be considered in your daily routine. Another practice you should consider is self pleasure, or masturbation, to curb stress and especially stress eating.
Why Masturbation can be an Aid in Curbing Stress
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Masturbation is a natural, healthy way to manage stress and sexual tension, and could be incorporated into any healthy sexual relationship. It can even aid in healthy sex in marriage. It is a form of self-care that can provide a number of physical and mental health benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety. When you engage in masturbation, the brain releases endorphins and oxytocin.
Endorphins can help distract from the source of stress and provide a temporary sense of comfort. This can reduce the urge to turn to food as a source of comfort and break the cycle of stress eating. Oxytocin can also help to promote the return of cortisol to normal levels after stress is experienced. TENGA’s 2016 Global Self Pleasure Report found that 54% of people surveyed use masturbation for relaxation. Additionally, it was also found that 84% think masturbation is a form of self-care and is good for health. We hope that more people will consider using masturbation to relax for other forms of stress release, such as an alternative to stress-related binge eating.
Many people realize that stress can come from many places, such as work, relationships, even how you see yourself. Some people often do not realize the consequences that stress can create, such as stress-related eating. Stress eating and type 2 diabetes are two serious health concerns that are often interconnected. Stress eating can contribute to weight gain and increased risk of type 2 diabetes. But there are steps that can be taken to manage stress in a healthy way.
Masturbation is a natural, healthy, and convenient form of stress relief. By choosing healthy coping mechanisms, such as masturbation, we can reduce stress and improve our overall health and well-being.