Diabetes and Stress or Anxiety.....more important then what we eat?

By MotorCityGirl Latest Reply 2013-04-29 10:48:29 -0500
Started 2013-04-27 22:00:46 -0500

I was unfortunately off work for over 2 months due to a health situation I had. Up until then my blood sugar was around 120 each day. The first day I went back to work at 8:30am I tested and to my surprise it was 209. I'm thinking it was anxiety about going back to work. Next day…which was friday..blood sugar 200. This morning, Saturday, no work, blood sugar 139. Makes me go hmmmmmmmm.

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Type1Lou 2013-04-29 10:48:29 -0500 Report

Stress and anxiety are definite factors affecting blood sugars. So are illness and infections. We all know we need to watch what we eat but there's more to good diabetes control than just what we eat…as you've discovered. Another factor that recently came to my attention is that as I'm aging, my body is changing and what worked well for years may no longer work as well. It's a constant adaptation and challenge. Wishing you smoother sailing and more consistent BG's!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-28 22:11:15 -0500 Report

Stress can play havoc with our BG.
I think the job stress last night contributed to my 50 point higher than it should have been BG. Should have been around 120, based on what I had eaten for my break meal 90 minutes eearlier. Was one of those racing around, needing to be three people, you have got to be kidding how is this happening type of nights from 10 pm until 1 am. Was too busy to do a follow up BG test an hour later at 4. Which is the time I usually am trying to figure out if I need a little snack to keep my BG from going too low during the mad rush of med administering through the buildings. Get in a few extra flights of stair climbing for a little bonus exercise. So if I am in the 80s I need a little something to keep from going lower.
Hope this week goes better stress wise for you.

Sheri Lynn
Sheri Lynn 2013-04-28 21:30:02 -0500 Report

Yep, when I allow stress to take hold, my BG goes up, forgetfulness goes up, and pain levels with the fibro go up.

Hopefully as you settle into the new job, those will come down