‘Ekahi Health focuses on stress management with diabetes and heart disease patients

Stress can have long term effects on your overall health

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With such busy schedules, it’s easy to get stressed — and stress can affect your overall health! While exercise is just one way of managing stress, ‘Ekahi Health has a number of techniques that can help. Stress management is actually one of the four pillars the company uses to help people manage diabetes and prevent heart disease.

Stress can come in many forms, and the response can be both physical and emotional. Stress may cause tension, anxiety, irritability and sleep deprivation. And more importantly, the effects can be physiological, putting you at risk for disease, such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, stroke and more.

Taking steps to control stress on a daily basis can have long term effects on overall well-being and health. It has been scientifically proven that when practiced regularly, stress management can lower Hemoglobin A1c levels by as much as .5 percent.

‘Ekahi Health currently offers two stress management programs that specifically deal with diabetes and heart disease. ‘Ekahi Ornish Lifestyle Medicine is a comprehensive lifestyle modification program that can prevent, reduce, or even reverse heart disease and other chronic conditions. It is a 9-week program, consisting of 18 four-hour sessions, that helps participants live healthier, happier lives.

‘Ekahi Wellness is diabetes care management all under one roof, and it’s the first of its kind in Hawaii. Through this program, patients have access to 24/7 monitoring and diabetes care management, customized diabetes education, laboratory testing services, stress management courses, and more all under one roof. The team at ‘Ekahi helps patients to evaluate their medical history, medications and provide adjustments.

Diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate. Currently in Hawaii, more than 154,000 people have diabetes and another 460,000 have prediabetes. While it’s the seventh leading cause of death in the islands, it is considered the strongest risk factor for heart disease, the state’s leading cause of death.

In Hawaii, more than 80 percent of the population are at risk of developing heart disease. By making changes to your lifestyle, including diet, you can improve your health and lower the risk of heart disease by as much as 80 percent.

Stress management is an important component of ‘Ekahi Health’s diabetes and heart disease reversal programs. Engaging in moderate levels of exercise lowers your blood sugar levels that can result in many health-related benefits. Exercise can help reduce your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes, decrease your body fat and control your weight, as well as lower your blood pressure and improve good cholesterol to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Staying active also helps to reduce stress, relieve tension and anxiety and increase your ability to move and perform daily activities.

An easy way to get started is to relax the rhythm of your heart with slow and deep breathing. Postures are healing movements that bring you back into the experience of your own body. This can be done either sitting upright or laying down. Practicing slow and gentle movements can help to improve flexibility and blood flow to and from your heart while lowering your blood pressure and improve overall circulation. Focusing your mind on one object such as your breath, a word or creating imagery through meditation can slow your mind and body while also lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.

For more information: EkahiHealth.com