Manage Your Stress
Living with Diabetes

The first app specifically made to help people with diabetes manage their stress levels.
Daily Audio Sessions
Science-backed Pathway
Less than 20 min a day
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“Would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone with diabetes - taking the time to focus on breathing has been invaluable. The breathing exercises have really helped me manage my stress and anxieties. And even my healthcare team have commented positively on it at my last appointment”

Sara Calder
Type 1


“I was surprised that this app has taken lots of scientific material into the design of the practice. It assures that slow breathing is backed with science. The slow breathing practice can easily fit into every one’s daily routine. This practice help me achieve tangible result in stress reduction.”

Farshid Azimi
Type 2


“For me, the combination of the science AND practice has been pivotal. Being an engineer, understanding the why behind the how is key. The benefits I’ve felt from just a few minutes of practice over the course has been life-changing, and I believe everyone would greatly benefit from the course.”

Z. Doll


“I am becoming calmer and less anxious. I can see my blood sugar numbers are better. I checked my A1C, its now 6.5 from 7. I am sure I can control diabetes with this app.”

Type 2


“After a month of taking 15-20 minutes a day to slow my breathing down I am seeing noticeable improvements. I am able to use this in times when I might get anxious and ultimately believe doing this before I go to bed has enabled me to get better sleep as my heart rate variability is noticeably better.”

John Lynch
Type 1


“Using this app came along when I was both working hard to manage my blood sugar with lifestyle changes and dealing with a number of non-diabetic stressful situations. I was coincidentally monitoring stress via apps that tracked heart rate variability and tracking blood sugar with a GCM. The numbers don’t lie; the TBA for Diabetes app program helped manage stress related blood sugar spikes.”

John Bell
Type 2


“The Breathing App for Diabetes is all you need for a deep dive in breathing and mindfulness and a tool for changing your whole life for the better. The sessions are well researched, motivating, and so helpful and I really enjoyed the weeks of practicing. The course gave me an everyday habit I'm looking forward every day.”

How does it work?

Our users showed an overall 
44% reduction of stress in 28 days

Slow breathing is the quickest way to “flip the switch” and restore balance to your cardiovascular, autonomic, and respiratory systems. Slow breathing supports the management of stress which can have profound benefits for diabetes symptoms and day-to-day life.
Meet Your Instructors

Eddie Stern, MSc

Founder & CEO of Breathing App

Eddie Stern is a seasoned entrepreneur and the founder of Breathing App for Diabetes, the first app that helps people with diabetes lower their stress levels. Eddie is an author, lecturer, and certified yoga instructor with over 35 years of experience.

Nick Heath, PhD

Head of Research at Breathing App

Dr. Nick Heath has type 1 diabetes and serves as the Head of Research for The Breathing App for Diabetes.  Nick holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric science and has spent the past seven years applying his background in science to study the effects of slow breathing on diabetes.



Breathing app
for Diabetes


Minutes of guided
audio experience


Resonance Breathing
studies on PubMed


Original Breathing
App downloads

"Slow breathing could be a simple beneficial intervention in diabetes."

Nature Scientific Reports (2017)

Mobile Experience

Safe and simple pathway that helps people manage stress and reliably improves long-term outcomes.

Stop Button for Stress

Get control back with simple yet effective intervention to improve your mood, energy level and sleep.
  • Bite-sized audio sessions
  • Daily breathing program
  • Bonus practices

Evidence-based Breathing Course

Learn the science that can help you get your stress under control with a range of easy to understand bite-sized lessons.

We won’t offer you 10,000 options to choose from. We provide one, simple, tested intervention to reduce your stress and improve your quality of life.

Long-Term Health Benefits

Maintain and improve your results with a flexible routine using a tool that is always with you: your breath.
  • Before and after stress measures
  • Daily reminders
  • Build a mindfulness breathing habit in 28 days

Evidence-based Outcomes

Practices have been extensively tested for use as an adjunctive treatment for Stress

In 5 min.
Decrease in anxiety levels

By stimulating the calming parasympathetic nervous system, slow breathing reduces stress and anxiety in as little as 5 minutes.

In a week
Decrease baseline stress levels and
sleep better

Slow breathing can change the baseline function of the nervous system toward a calmer state, helping you lower everyday stress levels and sleep deeper.

In 5 weeks
15% reduction in risk of heart disease

Slow breathing can lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, and enhance heart rate variability, all of which are critical to maintaining healthy cardiovascular function.

In 3-12 months
0.5% ... 2.0% reduction in HbA1c levels

Long term use of slow breathing and relaxation can improve blood sugar regulation through holistic improvements in stress management, emotional regulation, and physical health.

Adjunctive treatment

Outlined features


Easy access, easy to use

Listen Anywhere

Practice 15 to 20 minutes a day

Whole Person

Increase mental and emotional wellbeing

Improves Sleep

Parasympathetic activation

Cardiac Health

Supports heart health and vagus nerve balance

Decreases Oxidative Stress

Slow breathing for decreases free radicals

Driver s Seat

Learn self-regulation and understanding of your physiology

A Simple Way To Meditate

Slow breathing helps those who say they can't or have a hard time meditating

“I use this app 3 times a day to calm the hell down."

The Breathing App User


Science Shows
Why It Works

People with diabetes have autonomic nervous system imbalance.

Slow breathing increases the activity of the parasympathetic (rest and digest) branch of the nervous system, restoring balance to the nervous system in people with diabetes.

Bianchi L, Porta C, Rinaldi A, Gazzaruso C, Fratino P, DeCata P, Protti P,
Paltro R, Bernardi L. Integrated cardiovascular/respiratory control in type 1
diabetes evidences functional imbalance: Possible role of hypoxia. Int J
Cardiol. 2017 Oct 1;244:254 259. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2017.06.047. Epub
2017 Jun 15. PMID: 28666602.
Esposito P., Mereu R., De Barbieri G., Rampino T., Di Toro A., Groop P.H.,
Dal Canton A., and L. Bernardi (2016), Trained breathing induced
oxygenation acutely reverses cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction in
patients with type 2 diabetes and renal disease, Acta Diabetologica, 53(2),
217 226, doi: 10.1007/s00592 015 0765 5.
Bernardi L, Gordin D, Bordino M, Rosengård Bärlund M, Sandelin A,
Forsblom C, Groop PH. Oxygen induced impairment in arterial function is
corrected by slow breathing in patients with type 1 diabetes. Sci Rep. 2017
Jul 20;7(1):6001. doi: 10.1038/s41598 017 04947 4. PMID: 28729675;
PMCID: PMC5519543.

Diabetes is associated with reduced blood flow.

Slow breathing synchronizes the heart, lungs, and nervous system (a state of resonance), which enhances blood flow and allows the body to function efficiently and optimally.

Donald E McMillan; The Effect of Diabetes on Blood Flow Properties. Diabetes 1 June
1983; 32 (Supplement_2): 56–63.
Evgeny G. Vaschillo, Bronya Vaschillo, and Paul M. Lehrer, (2006) Characteristics of
resonance in heart rate variability stimulated by biofeedback, Applied Psychophysiology
and Biofeedback, 31 (2), 129 142, DOI: 10.1007/s10484 006 9009 3.

People with diabetes suffer from higher rates of stress & anxiety.

By eliciting the relaxation response, slow breathing reduces stress and anxiety in as little as 5 minutes.

Li, C., Barker, L., Ford, E.S., Zhang, X., Strine, T.W. and Mokdad, A.H. (2008), Diabetes and anxiety in US adults: findings from the 2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Diabetic Medicine, 25:878 881. Grigsby AB, Anderson RJ, Freedland KE, Clouse RE, Lustman PJ. Prevalence of anxiety
in adults with diabetes: a systematic review. J Psychosom Res. 2002 Dec;53(6):1053 60. doi: 10.1016/s0022 3999(02)00417 8. PMID: 12479986.
Smith KJ, Béland M, Clyde M, Gariépy G, Pagé V, Badawi G, Rabasa Lhoret R, Schmitz
N. Association of diabetes with anxiety: asystematic review and meta analysis. J
Psychosom Res. 2013 Feb;74(2):89 99. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2012.11.013. Epub
2012 Dec 28. PMID: 23332522.Magnon V, Dutheil F, Vallet GT. Benefits from
one session of deep and slow breathing on vagal tone and anxiety in young and older
adults. Sci Rep. 2021 Sep 29;11(1):19267.doi: 10.1038/s41598 021 98736 9. PMID:
34588511; PMCID: PMC8481564.

People with diabetes face daily emotional stressors associated with the disease.

Slow breathing boosts heart rate variability (HRV) and mental resiliency, allowing people
with diabetes to handle and bounce back from daily diabetic stressors easier.

Skinner TC, Joensen L, Parkin T. Twenty-five years of diabetes distress research. Diabet
Med. 2020 Mar;37(3):393 400. doi: 10.1111/dme.14157. Epub 2019 Oct 31.
PMID: 31638279.Laborde S, Allen MS, Borges U, Dosseville F, Hosang TJ, Iskra M, Mosley E, Salvotti C, Spolverato L, Zammit N, Javelle F. Effects of voluntary slow breathing on heart rate and heart rate variability: A systematic review and a meta analysis. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2022 Jul;138:104711. doi: 10.1016/ j.neubiorev.2022.104711. Epub 2022 May 24. PMID: 35623448. Perna G, Riva A, Defillo A, Sangiorgio E, Nobile M, Caldirola D. Heart rate variability: Can it serve as a marker of mental health resilience?: Special Section on "Translational and Neuroscience Studies in Affective Disorders Section Editor, Maria Nobile MD, PhD. J Affect Disord. 2020 Feb 15;263:754 761. doi: 10.1016/ j.jad.2019.10.017. Epub 2019 Oct 12. PMID: 31630828.

Diabetes is associated with chronic inflammation.

Through stimulation of the vagus nerve and activation of the relaxation response, slow
breathing reduces inflammation and oxidative stress.

Domingueti CP, Dusse LM, Carvalho Md, de Sousa LP, Gomes KB, Fernandes AP.
Diabetes mellitus: The linkage between oxidative stress, inflammation, hypercoagulability and vascular complications. J Diabetes Complications.
2016 May-Jun;30(4):738 45. doi: 10.1016/ j.jdiacomp.2015.12.018. Epub 2015 Dec 18.
PMID: 26781070. Li TT, Wang HY, Zhang H, Zhang PP, Zhang MC, Feng HY, Duan XY, Liu WB, Wang XW, Sun ZG. Effect of breathing exercises on oxidative stress biomarkers in humans: A systematic review and meta analysis. Front Med (Lausanne). 2023 Apr 5;10:1121036. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2023.1121036. PMID: 37122322; PMCID: PMC10132211. Bhasin MK, Dusek JA, Chang BH, Joseph MG, Denninger JW, Fricchione GL, Benson H, Libermann TA. Relaxation response induces temporal transcriptome changes in energy metabolism, insulin secretion and inflammatory pathways. PLoS One. 2013 May 1;8(5):e62817. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062817. Erratum in: PLoS One. 2017 Feb 21;12 (2):e0172873. PMID: 23650531; PMCID: PMC3641112.

Diabetic complications are partially caused by lack of oxygen at the cellular level (tissue hypoxia).

Slow nasal breathing improves blood flow and harnesses nitric oxide, increasing oxygen uptake in the blood and improving whole-body oxygenation.

Bianchi L, Porta C, Rinaldi A, Gazzaruso C, Fratino P, DeCata P, Protti P, Paltro R,
Bernardi L. Integrated cardiovascular/ respiratory control in type 1 diabetes
evidences functional imbalance: Possible role of hypoxia. Int J Cardiol. 2017 Oct
1;244:254 259. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2017.06.047. Epub 2017 Jun 15.
PMID: 28666602. Sánchez Crespo A, Hallberg J, Lundberg JO,
Lindahl SG, Jacobsson H, Weitzberg E, Nyrén S. Nasal nitric oxide and regulation of human pulmonary blood flow in the upright position. J Appl Physiol. 2010;108:181–188. Lundberg JO, Settergren G, Gelinder S, Lundberg JM, Alving K, Weitzberg E.
Inhalation of nasally derived nitric oxide modulates pulmonary function in humans.
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