Jan 19, 2019 | Updated: 08:24 AM EST

Study Links Stress During Male Adolescence To Diabetes

Jan 20, 2016 01:38 AM EST


Adolescence is one of the most stressful parts of life, especially for guys who have to go through so much pressure. But aside from the psychological stress they are receiving due to the massive changes happening to them, a recent study revealed that those who have higher levels of stress during their late adolescence period are most likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

A team of American and Swedish researchers from different universities and organizations have recently concluded a study regarding possible links between low stress resilience among teenage guys and different diseases. The team of researchers looked at the data of over 1,534,425 18-year-old military recruits in Sweden from the year 1969-1997.

The participants have to make sure that they do not have diabetes during the onset of the research. After that, they went through a standardized stress resilience that the team constructed. The participants were then given a follow-up period, which lasted from 1987-2012.

According to Dr. Casey Crump, from the department of medicine at Stanford University in California, together with the fellow study authors, when their observation period ended, they were able to discover that over 34,000 men have already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The researchers compared the data of those who have high resilience to stress to those who have low.

They have found out that those can handle stress much better is 51 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. They also explained that people with low resistance to stress can acquire diabetes due to many factors and bad habits such as frequent smoking, eating unhealthy foods and not exercising. Dr. Crump stated that their study showcased that chronic stress, especially in teenagers, can play a key role in raising the blood sugar levels of a person that can lead to type 2 diabetes.

However, all the study authors suggested that more studies are still needed to identify other possible underlying factors that can help them educate people so they will not get the disease.

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