I need some feedback please

boot - 26732
By boot - 26732 Latest Reply 2014-04-17 20:47:44 -0500
Started 2008-11-28 16:05:11 -0600

Does stress and infections mess with your blood sugars and does cancer andHBP and high Cholesteral do this to Thanks for the input

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Ninja1 2014-04-17 20:47:44 -0500 Report

Yes, stress, infections, HBP, asthma attacks will raise my blood sugar. I have had to deal with not allowing myself to give into panic attacks, which will raise it up.

noel7 2008-12-01 01:20:10 -0600 Report

Stress does bring up the numbers high.It`s part of life stress.But you also have goodtime to replace it.Family,pet,vacation or just thinking of the sea.When ever i feel stress i think of goodtime.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-11-30 22:50:35 -0600 Report

I am going to add a different slant to the subject of diabetes, stress, and blood glucose levels. This past week I had a major research paper to complete that was equivalent to an environmental impact statement. My portion only dealt with with the history portion, but every fact had to be cited and documented. The bibliography was 5 pages long and contained 55 sources, while the paper contained 15 pages. (It was about a Seattle lighthouse.) At the same time my sister and I were moving my 89 year old aunt from an apartment to a retirement home. I am 66 years old and in the best health of we 3. And it was Thanksgiving where my 2 children, spouses, and 4 grandchildren were joining my husband and me. The paper was due Tuesday (I got up at 4 to write, and then joined the moving party at noon). The movers came Tuesday to move the big stuff, and I had to be there to help supervise them. Wednesday and Thursday I cooked a fantastic feast, and ate EVERYTHING that is considered a part of Thanksgiving, including several dessert portions. Friday and Saturday we finished the move, and continued to eat heavy meals in restuarants after working extremely long days. My body was definietely stressed. But my mind thrives under stress. Obviously, I cannot keep this pace up, but by Sunday, (today) I am back to a normal schedule.

Each morning I weighed and checked my fasting glucose levels. Lost 2 pounds, and glucose, for a week, ranged between 94 and 100. I think the main lesson I learned was that the physical exercise of lifting boxes up and down, over my head, reaching, stretching, and generally pushing a bit beyond what I normally do released some of those hormones KD was reviously describing that help us survive.

This week is over, and I can return to a routine of relative ease, being retired, but those little energized atoms inside me are still running, and I feel the need to stay active. I hope I wake up tomorrow still jazzed.

kdroberts 2008-11-30 12:48:22 -0600 Report

Do you remember those ads for weight loss pills that sighted stress hormones (cortisol in particular) for the reason people can't get rid of belly fat? Well, cortisol is a stress hormone along with norepinephrine and is part of the endocrine system. To understand the role it plays in blood sugar you have to look at the system as a whole because when you do you start to see what happens because you are involving other hormones in the endocrine system like adrenaline, dopamine glucagon and insulin.

The hormones get released through physical stress as in an injury or illness as well as emotional stress and they cause weird things to happen elsewhere, kind of tied into your fight or flight response. In particular norepinephrine and adrenaline lead to an increased glucagon release which leads to increased amounts of glucose being released into the blood by the liver. Stress hormones can stick around for a couple of days after the stress incident so it's not hard to see why it can be a problem.

It's at least partially responsible for high blood sugars when you are sick, after you have surgery, if you have sudden trauma, if you are emotionally stressed and if you do certain sports that involve a lot of power type moves. Eg the 100 meter sprint is a power exercise and for diabetics will have a high chance of immediately shooting blood sugar up but a marathon is not a power exercise so shouldn't raise blood sugar. The sports have a quick turnaround from high to low blood sugar, as in hours, but the other things can last for days.

kkizzza 2008-11-30 03:34:24 -0600 Report

I never really understood my doctor when he said "Stress is highly related to your blood sugar" I never thought of stress as an actual thing (Like cane sugar would be to diabetes) But now that I'm in my second year of having Type 1, more and more everyday i find that stress is one of the top contributing factors to my high blood sugar. I still don't understand, but I take the time and effort to chill out and relax, and I find that it helps.

Petrea 2008-11-30 02:27:54 -0600 Report

I think I have more problems with stress/anxiety raising my blood sugars than eating the wrong things.

wim 2008-11-29 21:37:45 -0600 Report

Stress sends my blood sugars extremely high. I read a lot and that seems to help calm me down. Neuropathy seems to be my biggest problem right now. Take gabapentin 4 times a day.

ancoto 2008-11-29 14:38:48 -0600 Report

I know for a fact that stress and illness can affect blood sugars so you really have to be careful.

caspersmama 2008-11-29 10:13:33 -0600 Report

Every thing seems to affect mine. Stress and pain are my number one things that realy affect mine. But a cold will, the flu, any type of infection. I have read that cancer patients have a very hard time with control. And if it affects my blood sugar it will also raise my blood pressure too.

GabbyPA 2008-11-28 17:33:55 -0600 Report

I have not personally dealt with an infection, but I know that stress is my major culprit. It will keep me high for days if I can't find a way to overcome it. I have had a lot of it lately, and I got some great advice from everyone here. Now I use my neck warming bag that I had forgotten about and it helped me a lot the last few days. I managed to keep good numbers thru thanksgiving...what a relief!

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2008-11-29 20:56:00 -0600 Report

Hi! What is your neck warmer filled with? Also do you have a patern for it?


Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-29 21:09:51 -0600 Report

I alson have a friend that makes some kind of neck warmer. Its filled with beans. You microwave it 2 minutes with a cup of water in the microwave and so relaxing when finished. I ask her about it…Debe

GabbyPA 2008-11-30 12:01:46 -0600 Report

I bought it from a craft fair years ago. I know the main thing is rice (at least we found something we can do with rice LOL!!)then it has some herbs or dried flowers in it. Mine is heated in the microwave, no water. It is a dry heat. It is just a 12" x 6" rectangle of a cotton fabric. Flannel would be nice too. It is filled about half full of the rice blend. Then you heat it up and apply it to the sore area. I use it over my clothing, because it is too hot and can burn if you are not careful. I have been using it again, and forgot how nice it is to have.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-28 16:09:43 -0600 Report

I know from fact infection can throw your blood sugar wacky. We the major infection I have had my blood sugars were extremely high.When I was on a steroid type of drug for over a year(prednisone),wow I couldn't believe how extremely high also my blood sugar rose.
Diabetes and high blood pressure is a big factor to kidney disease. I hope I helped you out a little…Debe