Stress and numbers

By kjcowpoke Latest Reply 2011-11-24 13:21:21 -0600
Started 2011-11-23 16:14:21 -0600

How much effect does stress have on bs and insulin? And why is it that one doc will say they want ur bs to be between 70-100 and others will say 80-120? Is it possible for these thresholds to be different for different people? Can one person have a bs of 97 and it be high or low for them individually?

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kjcowpoke 2011-11-24 08:52:31 -0600 Report

Thank you that helps alot - there's so many variables and I'm a single mother and full time college student and that's just two of my stressors - I haven't had a soda in over 2 weeks :( but I have already lost 10 lbs from the new food choices

Caroltoo 2011-11-24 13:21:21 -0600 Report

And, yes, no soda is a very good choice, also no juice, but low glycemic index fruit is a wonderful source of pleasure, good nutrition, and fiber.

Hope you and your child enjoy Thanksgiving today. I've done the college and single mom routine too. I sometimes look back at that time period and wonder how I survived. The masters came in handy for the next 30 years tho, so was well worth the time and stress. You'll find a way to balance it out also, because you know how much is at stake and how big the rewards can be.

As far as stress reduction, finding time to play with your child and enjoy him/her is also a stress buster. It's a wonderful excuse to be silly and giggle and that will help you and them enjoy life more and feel better about yourselves.

Caroltoo 2011-11-23 16:39:41 -0600 Report

Stress has a major impact on BG levels. Illness, infection, pain, fatigue all are major stresses as are all the many things we find to worry about. Self care is very important for us: good food, healthy environment, supportive family and friends, hot bath, walk in the woods, day at the beach, massage, etc. You need to develop a workable list of things you can do that will help you reduce your stress.

Caroltoo 2011-11-23 16:28:27 -0600 Report

80-120 was the guideline about 10 years ago; the current one is 70-100. We are all different, that's why there is a range of what is considered normal.

Each of us also has an individual pattern: for example, I am usually 100-110 upon awakening, range from 80-100 during the day and up to 130 two hours after a meal. When I exercise, the BG is usually lower; when I'm sick or sedentary for a prolonged time, it is always higher. I am controlling my BG through healthy food selection, appropriate portion size, and physical exercise. I don't take pills and I've never used insulin. Patterns for those folks differ somewhat.

Probably, the biggest caution is to be careful about low BG until you know what low BG is safe for you and high BG because of all the complications we know comes from that.

Some of us have further complications around pesticide and chemical exposure, or effects of certain foods on our bodies, then we have to further adapt to care for those issues which also complicate our diabetes.