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Traffic Jams Could Raise Your Risk Of Diabetes

The stressful experience can cause a rise in the amount of your blood sugar, says the DOH
by Mary Rose A. Hogaza | Mar 30, 2016
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The busy roads in the metro don't only make you late, it's also harming your health.

In a report published in the Department of Health (DOH) website on Thursday, March 28, Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (PSEDM) fellow Dr. Ma. Cecille Añonuevo-Cruz explained that being stuck in traffic may cause stress. Stress can raise blood sugar levels by releasing stress hormones. This, in turn, could increase your chances of developing diabetes.

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"Traffic is something that is not only affecting our productivity but also, in terms of health, it has a big effect on us," said Dr. Cruz .

She added: "Stress hormones are regulatory to how our body would regulate sugar. And that would again cause increase in our blood sugar."

Dr. Cruz also noted that fatigue due to traffic jams can prevent a person from having the needed rest and exercise. And because people get stuck in congestion, they tend to eat unhealthy food.

"When you're on the road stuck in traffic, you will just settle on whatever food you see on the road," observed Dr. Cruz.

Earlier, local news website Interaksyon reported that the Philippines is now a diabetes hotspot with over 7.3 million Filipinos being afflicted with the disease.

According to the World Health Organization, diabetes is one of the four major non-communicable diseases that cause deaths worldwide, with the others being cancer, heart disease and stroke, and lung diseases.

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