Stress early in life can lead to diabetes later

February 08, 2019 - 3:00 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There is no doubt that stress can have a negative impact on our overall health. It is very important to fight stress and do all we can to minimize this. 

Case in point: A Swedish study found that a stressed-out young man is more likely to become a diabetic middle-aged man. 

In the study, 18-year-old males with low resistance to stress were 50 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes in their 40s than their counterparts with high resistance to stress.

This latest report emphasizes the psychological-physical connection.