Everyday stress and blood sugar numbers.

By rentintin Latest Reply 2011-05-02 15:20:00 -0500
Started 2011-04-30 08:04:24 -0500

Does everyday stress push your number up? Like paying bills, pets , children, fixing dinner, driving, etc. What do YOU do?

21 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-05-02 15:20:00 -0500 Report


You might try some basic relaxation techniques to help yourself and reduce stress. Here is a link to a discussion that I posted awhile back:


Just having someone to talk to, who can listen without judgment while you blow off steam and get a perspective on life, can also help a lot. Support is power!

I hope this helps.

And of course, stay in touch with your friends on Diabetic Connect!


tomecom 2011-05-01 07:45:02 -0500 Report

Yes: stress causes the body to go into a fight or flight mode. The body dumps massive amounts of glucose into the bloodstream to prepare for the battle.

Anonymous 2011-05-01 07:24:28 -0500 Report

My job is extremely stressful. Everthing I do is wrong annd rather than send me to another school I am sure the plan is to get me fired. How can I cope with this

MrsCDogg 2011-05-01 05:48:59 -0500 Report

My numbers go up at the drop of a hat sometimes. If I'm having a day where I am generally just not feeling well, they spike, if it's a day when I am dealing with a lot of stupid people at work, yep spike. If I have lots of stuff to do around the house I'm feeling stressed about not being able to get it done the numbers go up. Stress is not a friend of the diabetic.

msann 2011-04-30 23:38:45 -0500 Report

hey join the club stress is a killer silent one, my job i have 12 clients their problems,driving 15 passenger van 5 days a week i just count to 10 and pray because my bsl was going up to 200 last three months has been between 79 and 140 i feel so much better good luck

diabetesfree 2011-04-30 20:49:13 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, I just usually take more insulin. Not the best way to cope, I know, but there aren't a lot of drugs where you can simply pop a pill or take an injection and have the stress go away instantly.

nanaellen 2011-04-30 18:20:40 -0500 Report

Speaking for myself my BS's do go up when I'm stressed sometimes as high as 400+!! Mine mostly goes up when I'm in pain though. When it goes up I don't eat anything and try to just relax. (Easier said than done though!!) Sorry couldn't be more helpful! Ellen :)

big momma 10
big momma 10 2011-04-30 13:17:17 -0500 Report

I try to do things I need to do while Iam feeling good. I have noticed that no matter what number or too low, are to high, I get terrible angry feeling, like someone trying to put to much on me to do. My family seemed to think I can run 24/7 like them. I can't do that anymore it is taking me longer to get over all of the running around or whatever. Do anyone else feel like this and what do you do?

MewElla 2011-04-30 13:05:08 -0500 Report

I try very hard to keep myself on an even level with everyday situations. If something needs to be done, I do it right away, so I do not have to go back and dwell on it, or stress me out. When I do get stressed, I like to take a deep breath, listen to soothing music and remember that "this too, shall pass." Getting busy on something else does not allow me time to continually think about a problem and this helps me chill out…I work on living in a "stress free zone."

kittenpurr1 2011-04-30 11:08:52 -0500 Report

Stress can run your numbers up. Try to pace yourself- when it comes to every day things like bill paying. If you let it pile up, it can become overwhelming, just take it one day at a time, and breathe.

BandonBob 2011-04-30 10:48:50 -0500 Report

In the 20+ years with T2 the only real problem I have ever had with controlling my numbers was in extreme stress. When my wife died for the 4 days she was dying and for two weeks after my numbers were all over the place. The only thing I could do was continue my diet and exercise and ride it out.

LabRat90 2011-04-30 10:32:03 -0500 Report

I like to get on this website to alleviate the stress occurring everyday. My mother-in-law got an infection (after we had her BS relatively normal for 2 1/2 years) and her BS shot up to nearly 500 fasting. Infection is a really BAD stress, I guess.

kimod1013 2011-04-30 09:54:48 -0500 Report

I know for me when I am having extreme stress and or pain my bs can go up as much as 100 points. My husband tries to help as much as possible to alleviate my stress. We own our own business he is an architect and I would work with him part time. Because of financial stress it is putting tons of pressure on my body. I have been told to not help right now and he will handle it til things get better. I also have fibromyalgia and stress totally does my body in to the point I'm on muscle relaxers to be able to function. I'm okay with everyday stress just not extreme stress! Everybody is different, huh?

Kirla 2011-04-30 08:59:45 -0500 Report

My blood sugar doesn’t seem to be affected much by everyday stress. Some people claim it gets out of control when sick. So far my blood sugar does just fine no matter what. Only time it spikes is when I eat something high carb. Which I rarely do. But sometimes I have too much popcorn or some other food that I can eat in small amounts. I have noticed a couple of times that when I get real angry about something or am experiencing a real lot of stress it went up about 20 points. Still stayed with in an acceptable range.

amyspeer 2011-04-30 08:37:39 -0500 Report

Yes Everyday stress I believe can cause your blood sugar numbers to go up. And if you are really stressed it can get pretty high. The things I like to do is go for a walk as that is one way to relieve your stress and it also helps your blood sugar reading be a lot lower. I pray to God and ask him to help to.

rentintin 2011-04-30 09:31:19 -0500 Report

For sure and I'm still working on getting my stamina back from long illness and heart attack so cant walk very far yet. Thanks for the insight.