According to the BBC, a Swedish study is reporting that anxiety, depression, and sleepless nights increase the risk of diabetes in men. Researchers found men with high levels of “psychological distress” had more than double the risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with low levels.
The study, which looked at 2,127 men born between 1938 and 1957 and 3,100 women, found no such link in women. Writing in Diabetic Medicine, the researchers said stress may affect the way the brain regulates hormones.
In my book, 10 Essentials of Highly Healthy People, I describe one of those essentials as being “The Essential of Reducing SADness (stress, anxiety, depression).”
Physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual health all are impacted by inner peace.
This peace is based on peace with others, peace with self, and, most important, peace with God.
Many people try to find inner peace through treatments or therapies such as meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, massage, a hot bath, calming music, a walk in a peaceful setting, deep breathing, focusing on pleasant memories, self-hypnosis, and a host of other things.
While each of these may bring a transient calm in the midst of life’s many storms, none of these are a source of permanent peace—inner peace.
I believe that no person can have a true and lasting inner peace until he or she has found peace with their Creator—their God. Only then can he or she have a peace that “transcends all understanding.”
This ancient Scripture that is as alive as today’s news says, “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds.”
Sounds like a highly healthy person, wouldn’t you agree?