Diabetes and Scents

Jim Edwards
By Jim Edwards Latest Reply 2011-12-04 08:45:45 -0600
Started 2011-11-28 12:37:38 -0600

Interesting enough, I found that some, but not all, candles with scents will not only raise my BS (due in part to I often sneeze repeatedly when certain scents hit me) but they also raise my BP. Now the BP recovers faster than the BS does. What I wonder is how does the sneezing raise my blood sugar? Also, I wonder why some candles cause me to have sneezing fits and other do not. I did find a website that said that people can have allergic reactions to some candles because they have formaldehyde in them. I thought that was only in insulation? I have to have candles in the house due to frequent power outages, but generally I use the candles with the lids so the scent doesn't come out all the time. Unfortunately, they don't list the ingredients.

53 replies

MrsCDogg 2011-12-02 07:17:22 -0600 Report

What Lew said seems true to me. I learned a few things about fragrances from studying aromatherapy. Certain smells like rosemary can cause the heart rate to go up so that would be my theory for why your bloodpressure goes up.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-29 19:41:01 -0600 Report

Sounds like your BS rises due to allergic reactions to some of the candles ingredients

kaiya2465 2011-12-02 07:32:55 -0600 Report

Uncle Lew:: I think your right. Because of other health issues I know I have to be very careful of the scents I choose. So far with the ones I have used I have had no problems with. I just know I can't use lilac, not sure if it also effected my BS…

GabbyPA 2011-11-29 14:16:41 -0600 Report

I have never taken notice of this. I know lavender anything burning gives me a roaring headache, but I have never tested after I sniffed.

kaiya2465 2011-11-29 19:49:27 -0600 Report

Gabby: I get migraines from lilac, so that is a no-no for me..I love my french vanilla & hot apple pie though…The bad thing is with that smell I get hungry…

GabbyPA 2011-11-30 08:15:54 -0600 Report

Glade does a spice rose that I just adore. No fruit, no flower. It is really nice and the only place I can find the scent anymore is at Lowe's of all places.

kaiya2465 2011-11-30 08:21:10 -0600 Report

Be careful for the chemical formaldehyde in aerosol sprays..I never knew about it until I researched othe names for it.

annesmith 2011-11-29 00:18:56 -0600 Report

Candles always always raise my blood sugar…there have been times when I could feel a possible low coming on, and I would pick up a candle and smell it, and it helped a lot…interesting …ANNE

Caroltoo 2011-11-29 00:22:56 -0600 Report

Interesting, Anne. I wonder if it has anything to do with the olfactory sense triggering brain activity and perhaps raising hormone levels somewhat like stress does?

I know with Alzheimer's patients patients it is the opposite. Loss of their sense of smell is one of precursors to A's and also signals loss of brain function. Interesting thought!

annesmith 2011-11-29 23:26:47 -0600 Report

Yeah…what you said you wondered got me to thinking, too. I would say it would have to trigger brain activity after smelling, but I never thought about the possible raising of hormone levels…that would make sense. A humorous thing, but actually turns out to be helpful to me over the last couple of years is: when I am in a weird low, or a low, I can be standing , or doing whatever, sitting, it doesn't matter, but many times when I was in a low, and all of a sudden there was a loud bang or bump from an object unexpectedly falling, I would jump, then it would literally throw me right out of the low…ha, ha. I am pretty amazed by this. It has to be something unexpected, as in a sudden loud bump, etc…ANNE

jayabee52 2011-11-29 08:10:11 -0600 Report

OH MY! My sense of smell is quite bad. People say that they smell something bad and I have no clue. Certain smells I can get a hint of, others I can't smell a thing.

Caroltoo 2011-11-29 21:32:34 -0600 Report

Me, too, James; it's also a sign of severe allergies, past or present. I had a wicked allergic reaction to something in the winter air in WA in 1989 and have had only an intermittant sense of smell since. Doesn't say I couldn't be pre-A, but I can track to a specific event and about 10 Rxs leading to anther allergic reaction to amoxicillin.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-11-29 10:36:43 -0600 Report

Okay James, we will start looking for a home for you as I suspect you are in the advance stages. :) Reserve a room for me!

MEGriff1950 2011-11-28 14:00:32 -0600 Report

Hello Jim, I am allergic to many scents and they can not only make me ill but some even cause migraines. There are few candles that I can tollerate, pine, cinnamon and bayberry are favorites and I am thankful I am not allergic to them. Floral sents can be bad for me. I also get along with breeze or spring rain type scents.
I wonder if any raise my BG

kaiya2465 2011-11-28 12:54:53 -0600 Report

Jim: I don't know if I am supposed to say this on here so anyone reading this let me know if it's a No-No…I sell candles that have no formaldehyde in them. I have to be careful with my asthma & allergies. I will not go into my business on here so if you are interested send me a pm & we can talk…SOME store bought candles do have that chemical in them so be very careful…As for raising your BP & BS I will do some research so that I have info on this…Thanks & good luck with your scent search!!

MEGriff1950 2011-11-28 13:57:57 -0600 Report

Kaiya, I am sure it is ok to mention your business because you are a member who posts often and did not just come in to advertise.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-11-28 14:02:27 -0600 Report

I agree and you know I never agree with anybody just to be ornery!

MEGriff1950 2011-11-28 15:16:24 -0600 Report

Well Jim you better agree with me once in a while or I will have to hunt you down and load your coffee with sugar LOL :)

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-11-28 15:42:47 -0600 Report

I could give you my address and you could not find me. Someone that wanted to see the house asked me for the address and i gave it to her, not knowing she wasn't going to bring the detailed directions with her. She left her house and traveled for 1 1/2 hours toward me, then punched it in her GPS and was told it didn't exist. Lucky for her she had my number and had cell service! We shoot trespassers in WV, then ask questions!

kaiya2465 2011-11-28 14:08:54 -0600 Report

Thank you MEGriff1950 & Jim..You are right I didn't come to advertise. I also have to be careful with scents because of migraines, so I know what your saying.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-11-30 12:23:29 -0600 Report

You may not come here to advertise, but I went to your site at www.christiscandles.com and you have some neat stuff! Much more than candles. I am interest in trying some for me and a few other scent lovers in my family, most of whom have allergies. Thank you for PM me the site, but I think it could benefit a lot of people with diabetes.

kaiya2465 2011-11-30 16:34:16 -0600 Report

Well, if anyone, anywhere order…I would like feedback, good or bad!! I am glad you are interested, Thank you Jim…

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-11-28 12:59:20 -0600 Report

Do you have a website that I could go to? I do not have asthma but i must have allergies. The funny thing is that if there are cranberry candles from 3 different sources, 1 or 2 may cause the sneezing fit and the other I am fine.

annesmith 2011-11-29 00:20:48 -0600 Report

This is Anne again…I forgot to mention to you that sneezing raises my blood sugar , too—my guess is that when a person sneezes, it shakes up stuff inside the body, and then the result is higher blood sugar…ANNE

watson4042 2011-11-29 15:32:12 -0600 Report

hello annesmith this is watson4042 thank you for that post. i didn't know scented candles and sneezing make your bs go up! but then i'm a newby. so question is; when you have a cold/flu, what otc meds do you take? your help most appreciated as my roommate is sick now and i'm sure i'll catch it too. her bs was 520 at 4am today. anybody with suggestions would helpful.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-11-29 15:56:50 -0600 Report

There are otc meds, Corricidrin is one that comes to mind, that is okay with blood pressure issues. I found that it makes my BS go up less. There are sugar free cough and cold meds available. Me, I like 1/2 cup of Brandy warmed up. If you repeat this every 30 minutes you won't care about your BS or your BP! Be careful, as alcohol (straight) can cause your BS to DROP, very fast and very deep, risking severe low BS. I do not know if that is true for wine and/or beer, but I do know it to be so for straight alcohol (or if it is mixed with water)

jayabee52 2011-11-30 08:22:24 -0600 Report

generally speaking the carbs in the beer or wine would tend to raise one's BG levels. How much depends on the carbs left in the beer / wine after fermentation is over.

Caroltoo 2011-11-28 12:51:28 -0600 Report

I think the link is that sneezing is a physical stress, which raises your adrenalin level, which increases your BG.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-11-28 13:01:16 -0600 Report

Ah, didn't know about the adrenalin. It is strange because it can raise it by about 100 points, then it takes 2 hours to drop. Heck, I might as well go eat an ice cream and wash it down with a beer. (Yuk, what a combination)

GabbyPA 2011-11-29 14:21:26 -0600 Report

I don't know, there is a shop that makes beer ice cream. It is one of the "hot" flavors...I don't think I will be trying that though.

Yes, adrenalin is your livers key to dump a bunch of glucogyn into your system. It is our inherent "flight response" and you need energy to run from what ever is getting your adrenalin going. So that is why it raises your levels.

annesmith 2011-11-29 00:24:07 -0600 Report

I'm so glad I found someone else that has noticed this stuff. I have been in a serious low a few times, then something unexpectedly fell with a loud unexpected noise, and after I JUMPED out of fear, what do you know——it brought me straight out of the low and then some more!!!!!! It's kind of humorous in a way—-maybe Halloween is the best time for me to get jolted out of a low—ha, ha, ha. Someone mentioned adrenaline—-yep——that would have to be the big jump-starter…ANNE