Stress and High BS Numbers

By genniedevera Latest Reply 2014-03-09 12:52:31 -0500
Started 2014-02-17 18:25:13 -0600

I've been dealing with a lot of stress from both work and home, which is affecting my blood sugar. I just checked my BS after lunch and it was 216! I've never seen my BS this high… Please help!

42 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-02-19 22:50:36 -0600 Report

Hi gennie,

This is a great topic for a discussion. And I see you really hit a hot button here with a lot of other DC members.

Stress has all kinds of negative effects, physical, mental, emotional. We are constantly learning more about how stress affects our well-being.

What you might want to think about is how to build more stress prevention into your daily life, to be more proactive in avoiding the negative aspects of stress. I see that other members gave you some good ideas. Stress prevention might include doing yoga on a regular basis, meditating for a few minutes every morning, having a regular exercise routine, talking about your feelings with supportive people... And "talking to yourself" in a way that is positive and encouraging, and not self-critical.

I think that each individual creates their own approach to managing stress. One size does not fit all. It's a process, but it's worth the work.

If you often feel overwhelmed by stress, you might also consider working with a counselor for awhile to help you to learn some ways to recognize stress triggers and to better manage your stress.

Nice to see you! Stay in touch and let us know how you're doing!


genniedevera 2014-02-20 06:06:05 -0600 Report

Hi Gary! Thank you for your advice… I am trying hard to think positive everyday… I struggle with it…

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-02-21 21:31:34 -0600 Report

Hey gennie, thanks for getting back to me. You are welcome! And it's one day at a time, as we unwire old thinking patterns, so don't be hard on yourself. And keep us posted! Gary

Vigneswari 2014-02-19 04:49:43 -0600 Report

Don't take that no. too seriously as it may affect ur BG. Actually the meters we use do not the perfect readings. They may show 10%-11% higher. So BG after meal 216 is okay.

LouisvilleBabe 2014-02-18 18:33:57 -0600 Report

Make sure you wash your hands before testing. Sometimes a little lotion or something sugary, can cause a higher reading. Sometimes it's a fluke of the meter.

tinkerbell54 2014-02-18 16:40:29 -0600 Report

Stress will make Ur blood sugar go up^. Even When U make love Ur blood sugar will go up^. if Ur Blood sugar stay too high for more than a couple days talk to Ur Diabetic doctor. Ruth Tinkerbell54

jayabee52 2014-02-18 10:57:34 -0600 Report

Howdy Gennie
I am wondering,what your recent blood glucose (BG aka "sugar") numbers have been running?


genniedevera 2014-02-18 13:41:33 -0600 Report

Hi Jayabee! My bg's have been running between 117 - 216 (my highest)!

jayabee52 2014-02-20 03:55:07 -0600 Report

If 216 is your highest, you're doing pretty well. How many of your recent BGs are over 140 mg/dl?

genniedevera 2014-02-20 06:03:52 -0600 Report

Most of my 140s are after lunch…even if I didn't eat much… Of course seeing these numbers adds on to my stress… I get hungry, but as soon as I start eating, I feel full right away, even if I didn't eat enough. Almost as if back to square one with me when I was first diagnosed… Sometimes my stomach feels full when I haven't eaten yet… And I force myself to eat bec I know I have to eat…

Nick1962 2014-02-18 08:35:47 -0600 Report

While everyone is recommending stress reduction tips, I’ll offer something different.
When I see a number that far out of range, I immediately go into a testing frenzy. I test again immediately, sometimes 3-4 times to check first if it’s not just a testing anomaly or error. If not, I’ll test again every half-hour or hour for the next three or so hours to see if maybe it was just an unexpected food reaction. I found stress sometimes changes how I metabolize. If, after that, no significant change, then it’s definitely stress or something medical like a cold coming on, and try to take the measures others have suggested.

JSJB 2014-02-18 04:24:58 -0600 Report

Stress is the cause of a lot of health problems. I am not an expert on the subject but after reading about Yoga meditation I thought I would try it. When I feel a little stressed I find a spot to sit, close my eyes and relax. I have an advantage and it is that I am retired and can do it anytime. I know it is hard when you are at work but if you can get at least 10 min. to think of pleasant things it might help. Stay calm and think happy thoughts. Joe

tabby9146 2014-02-19 10:32:28 -0600 Report

I have found it helps too! I do yoga every single day, some days ?only 10 mins. or so, others I do maybe a half hour, or more. I love it. At first, two year ago, saw very little difference, but I kept at it, and then I realized how good it really was. yoga is so good to build strength, endurance, calms the mind, it does so much and I wish I had known about the benefits many yrs ago.

genniedevera 2014-02-18 13:45:16 -0600 Report

Thank you, JSJB. I took your advice and did relaxation yoga thos morning, instead of my usual strength yoga…I needed to relax my body and mind

tabby9146 2014-02-19 10:33:05 -0600 Report

you can go on You Tube and type in yoga for…and there are poses for anxiety, and all kinds of yoga. I hope it helps you.

Young1s 2014-02-18 00:31:07 -0600 Report

Something that works for me when I have high BS is lots and lots of water, I don't mean overkill, but enough that I'm peeing alot. Sorry…don't mean to be crude, just the only way to describe it. Works for me.

216 isn't way high though so maybe a brisk walk will do it to. 20-30 minutes a day will do the levels some good. That's what my doc says anyways. One of these I will take her up on that advice…haha.

Also, consider your diet. Are you getting enough fiber and protein, as apposed to processed foods?

Unfortunately, stress is what it is. Something I try to live by and say to my fam all the time is, pic your battles. Everything isn't a crisis. Weigh the situation and then give it it's due. But know that it all can't be that bad. If you are stressing out all the time, how then can you appreciate the good in life? The sayings are true. You can't really appreciate being well until you are sick. Know what I mean?

This whole situation sucks but it's manageable. Your stress is just your test of will. We all are walking this line with you, know this.

Nana_anna 2014-02-17 23:12:21 -0600 Report

My number's are always in the 200s or higher. I exercise a little each day to get my insulin working. I do the tread mil or aerobics. That works for me. Be sure to stay on your insulin and meds like clock work. Otherwise, during these stress times, its hard for the numbers to come down. Also, eliminate any unnecessary stress at home and work. Learn to say "NO". Reading helps to relax or just getting some place quiet.

jigsaw 2014-02-17 21:01:58 -0600 Report

How is your a1c lately? If your blood sugar has been going high frequently and with consistency, then I would say it's time to talk with your doctor. Just to make sure that there is nothing else going on.
Certainly stress in itself, can play havoc on ones blood sugar. I wouldn't panic just yet, however It does sounds like a red flag to pay heed to. When I experience an unexpected, but temporary hi blood sugar reading, I take a brisk walk, or a bike ride for at least 1/2 hour. That usually gets my blood sugar back to normal. It also helps to relieve stress. I also keep well hydrated with water, which helps considerably. If I find that I am continuing to experience blood sugar highs more frequently than usual, then I will adjust my diet, and increase my exercise. If that doesn't work, then I speak with my doctor concerning meds, and dosage.
The damage that hi blood sugar can do, is determined by how high it goes and most importantly, for how long and how frequently it stays high. With that in mind, if you can't get your blood sugar well managed within a reasonable amount of time, then you may want to consider meds. They can be health savers when needed, and even life savers. Don't wait to long to discuss it with your doctor.
By the way, I'm assuming that you checked your blood sugar at least two hours after you ate lunch, and that this is more than a one time experience. Two very important factors to consider are, is it stress alone, or has your diabetes possibly progressed. Whatever the cause turns out to be, it can be managed successfully.

locarb 2014-02-17 20:46:23 -0600 Report

Are there things that you find calming? Music, walking, nature, meditation? I find when life escalates that stepping away and taking a walk always helps capture composure. There are things that we need to continue to do habitually because incidents and events invariably disrupt our plans. I "practice" yoga even though I don't particularly care for it. There's no disputing that I always feel serene when it's over, so I realize that the resistance that I put myself through is just a defense mechanism. Try to look for the thing or things that work for you, or be willing to try something new. Let us know how you're doing. Remember that the occasioned spike in BG does not portend having to "go back on meds." Don't stress yourself prematurely.

Best of luck.

Lee-type2 2014-02-17 20:34:14 -0600 Report

I controlled mine for about 5 years with diet and exercise. I have a very stressful job and learned to control my stress! It has a very negative affect with your health and controlling your BS. Friends at work and away from work is very helpful. I laugh every day and will not let it get to me. Be happy and thankful! Life is too short. If nothing helps get some meds.

genniedevera 2014-02-17 19:42:01 -0600 Report

Thank you Ladida… I know I haven't been eating my veggies… I just got so sick of salads…I'm putting it back in my diet. I've just installed the low glycemic index..

GabbyPA 2014-02-17 19:41:30 -0600 Report

To help get it down, you may want to take a short walk, drink some water, or keep track to see if there might be a need to adjust your meds. Stress is tricky and physical activity can really help both stress and glucose numbers.

genniedevera 2014-02-17 19:42:52 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby. I'm not on meds. I've been controlling it with diet and exercise…

GabbyPA 2014-02-17 19:48:02 -0600 Report

That is great. Since you are not on meds, it may just need to adjust carbs while you are struggling with stress so much. Finding ways to lower your stress will help. There are many discussions on it with suggestions of ways to keep that calmness.

Ladida 35
Ladida 35 2014-02-17 19:35:30 -0600 Report

Are you following low glycemic index? What are you doing to combat stress? Deep breathing during the day and relaxing music like new age or classical. It's worth a try. Camomile tea in the evening. Keep caffeine to absolute minimum. My doctor and Dr Oz both agree wheat/gluten isn't good for anyone.

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