Does Stress Increase Your Blood Glucose Numbers?

Arizona Annie
By Arizona Annie Latest Reply 2013-09-16 12:12:24 -0500
Started 2013-09-03 15:17:11 -0500

I recently read a book that says that stress has no effect on blood glucose numbers. I accepted that as truth. However, I am about to make a trip that I have been dreading and have noticed that for the past week, my numbers have steadily gone up, from 95-105 (very few carbs) to 130-140. I am not aware of any changes that I have made in my routine or diet, so I am wondering if stress is responsible. Any one have any experiences like this?

13 replies

Arizona Annie
Arizona Annie 2013-09-16 12:12:24 -0500 Report

Thank you all for your answers and support. I made the trip and within two days of arriving home, my numbers came down again. So, I'm a believer. No matter what some expert says, stress does raise blood glucose. Have a great week!

Roy531 2013-09-06 07:42:54 -0500 Report

Yes, stress does cause reading to go up. I worked for a school district repairing computers and printers, I retired May 31 of this year and was amazed at how my reading dropped. They would run anywhere from 100 to 140 or higher, now the run anywhere from 74 to 95. Didn't know I was under so much stress until I retired and my numbers went down. Also lost weight.


eristar 2013-09-06 05:48:31 -0500 Report

I have noticed that in times of stress, my numbers jump - which makes me even more stressed… :(

BB42 2013-09-06 05:45:39 -0500 Report

Where were you about 6 months ago? I found my numbers were much like yours when I had to travel, when I had a brutal sinus infection, and now, when my daughter had to be hospitalized. There is good biochemical evidence that stress does raise blood glucose. For me, the best thing is to remember this and, sure enough, my numbers, and I am guessing your, will return to your usual level

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-09-05 21:11:12 -0500 Report

My blood sugar levels are always higher when I am stressed. I would say they are directly connected. I am no medical professional so I don't know how they are connected, but I know that they are… at least for me.

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2013-09-05 16:19:17 -0500 Report

Yes! We had a suspected weapon in our school last year and I checked my BG after being on lockdown for an hour and I was at 250. I called the DR and he said wait, calm down, check again in 30 minutes. After all was well I was back to 115…I think it's like a fight-or-flight response. Adrenaline goes up and so does BG.

peggy1255 2013-09-03 21:53:58 -0500 Report

Oh it does make it go up , I remember the diabetes educator told me when I was first diagnosed to try and avoid stress when possible

pinman 2013-09-03 17:32:02 -0500 Report

Do not believe everything you read unless it's a professional or someone who has our cross. When I attended the TCYD in Feb a couple of the speakers told us , Stress does affect our sugar levels.Just about everything does.And yes I experience it a lot at work. I can tell when I get stressed and my numbers ALWAYS go up. I try to walk around and do some deep breathing sometimes it help. Good Luck!

Katykakes 2013-09-03 17:07:41 -0500 Report

I find that stress raises my bg big time! I have to give myself a 20% increase in my basal rate to deal with it sometimes. Like my first day back at school, or during exams. I'm not sure aboit thr bg conversion but stress will raise me to around 17+ if I'm not careful!

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