Does stress increase blood glucose levels?

svengali35
By svengali35 Latest Reply 2009-01-08 04:57:57 -0600
Started 2009-01-06 10:28:04 -0600

I just woke up and tested my Blood Glucose levels and I was shocked to get a 417. Monday the 5th was the beginning of the "official" banking year so I literally worked from 8am until 3am last evening at a very fast and never ending pace. I didn't eat my usual meals as I couldn't break away from the office but did snack on some fresh almonds and had a healthy supper. In other words besides the regular meals the only difference was the HUGE amount of stress. On an average day I would have woken up between 100 and 175 but today was indeed a shocker. Could this unusually high reading be caused by the stress? I checked it twice with the second reading being only a few points lower.. so essentially they were the same.


20 replies

dyanne
dyanne 2009-01-08 04:57:57 -0600 Report

It can be the stress but also not getting the proper amount of sleep can also add to high sugar. It sounds like maybe you didnt get to sleep like you are used to…
good luck dyanne

2009-01-07 09:17:13 -0600 Report

So sorry to hear, what a high number. I am a new diabetic, but caught in a recent layoff from Wells Fargo Bank. My work was total stress working as a senior mortgage underwriter. I would come home and die and this was in the months leading up to being diagnosed with diabetes. I know now the layoff was a blessing because I couldn't handle that job and control my diabetes too. I hope your numbers come down fast! Take care of yourself! Angie

sexyswamprat
sexyswamprat 2009-01-06 23:44:44 -0600 Report

I am really good about everything I eat so when I have high bs it is usually do to stress, depression, or anxiety. But I have learned to control the stress and anxiety and I am on meds for my depression( more so since I had surgery). I am proud to say that high bs readings are extremely rare for me.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-07 06:49:44 -0600 Report

Congratuations! That's certainly supports the fact that stress affects us big time. Stress can do strange and devastating things to the body and plays a part in all illness, I imagine.

2catty
2catty 2009-01-06 22:19:37 -0600 Report

I had a bout with some extreme stress and my blood sugars was in the 300-400 range. Even though I thought I could handle it, my body was telling me different. Not 20 minutes after the stress was lifted somewhat my blood sugar dropped down to 118. I guess I am not superwoman. Ouch that hurt a little to say.LOL

2009-01-06 22:25:34 -0600 Report

2catty, I thought I was Superwoman!!! Have I been wrong all these years? LOL

2catty
2catty 2009-01-06 22:32:03 -0600 Report

Maybe we were separated at birth.LOL

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-06 22:59:09 -0600 Report

I know that before deciding to take something for my stress, I thought I should be able to handle it all by myself. I come from a time when folks just "toughed it out". Things were far different then. Now, altho I think sometimes there are cases where doctors are too eager to prescribe meds, and people are too eager to request them, I also think know there are times when one legitimately needs help.

Avera
Avera 2009-01-06 22:12:22 -0600 Report

You asked about some homeopathic methods to relieve stress…

KNOW ABOUT FOODS THAT CAUSE STRESS
"Studies have shown that food and stress are linked together. You would be surprised to know that some kinds of food cause stress. On the other hand, there are also certain foods that reduce stress. Leading a healthy, stress-free life includes maintaining a healthy diet. Therefore, one should be aware of what he or she is eating." GO TO THE FOLLOWING LINK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FOODS AND STRESS…

http://www.byestress.com/byestress-articles/f...

REDUCE STRESS WITH HERBAL STRESS RELIEF SUPPLEMENTS?
"Herbal stress busters are available from a variety of sources such as drugstores, grocery stores, health food stores. You can also buy then through the Internet. Similarly you can also get them by mail order from practitioners. No prescriptions are required for these. One must consult a physician before consuming any kind of medicine - natural or artificial." WANT TO LEARN MORE? GO HERE…

http://www.byestress.com/byestress-articles/s...

Also, both Yoga and Meditation have been known to greatly reduce stress.

By using the links I have provided, you will also have a great menu there to find other "stress" related articles. The whole site is about "stress."

Hope this helps.

Avera

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2009-01-06 20:53:41 -0600 Report

YES like all of the people who responded stress can do a number on your levels.I am on disability and can't work anymore but I suffer from Panic attacks and whenever I have one my numbers usually go out of control for the whole day, they are stressful because you never know when they are going to happen and when they do I am exhausted.I know it is not the same as you, but an example, I have recently been put on two meds for these attacks,And they are not as strong as they were and my blood levels have lowered after an attack ,not great but better, See your Dr, but I question how often does this happen? It sounded as if this were a new occurance, I wish you well and MY BEST ROBERT

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2009-01-06 20:53:41 -0600 Report

YES like all of the people who responded stress can do a number on your levels.I am on disability and can't work anymore but I suffer from Panic attacks and whenever I have one my numbers usually go out of control for the whole day, they are stressful because you never know when they are going to happen and when they do I am exhausted.I know it is not the same as you, but an example, I have recently been put on two meds for these attacks,And they are not as strong as they were and my blood levels have lowered after an attack ,not great but better, See your Dr, but I question how often does this happen? It sounded as if this were a new occurance, I wish you well and MY BEST ROBERT

svengali35
svengali35 2009-01-06 18:45:14 -0600 Report

Thanks so much for the comments. It seems that the verdict is to speak to my physician and get something for the stress. I really hate to take drugs! (I know, I know diabetes is the wrong disease to have to follow those lines) so has anyone tried any homeopathic methods/herbs that wont interact adversely with blood sugar that can help to… well decompress?

2009-01-06 17:17:02 -0600 Report

I agree with the other replies, stress can definately increase your numbers. Add that to what you eat, your other medical conditions, etc., everything combined can really do a job on you. Take care!!! And try to get calmed down.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-06 16:52:43 -0600 Report

Stress plays a huge part in controlling diabetes, often being more of a factor than your diet. Be sure to speak with your doctor, because if you are experiencing excessive stress and anxiety, he may want to give something to counteract that, thereby lowering your BS reading. Just "chill". (Easier said than done, isn't it?!) Make an effort to get sufficient sleep/rest.

NormaJean
NormaJean 2009-01-06 19:47:15 -0600 Report

The thought of taking more meds is kinda frightening to me,I think I already take too much lol…I work for an Inventory company and most times we don't get done till about 3.3o am.I am up almost all night when I get home I don't test but I have something to eat,
With my job you have to be alert,accurate and on the go ,so between being up and striving for perfection my readings have been in the 200's for a while now.When am off it's hard to go to sleep cause am used to being up in the night…any suggestions anyone..lol

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-06 20:09:52 -0600 Report

There's no one who despises taking meds any more than I do, believe me. I fought it for some time before letting my doctor convince me that current situations in my life called for it. There are drugs that are not addictive and do not make you sleepy -that take away some of the anxiety. The one I take (Lexapro minimum dosage) also helped me with sleep issues. Once my situations eased up and things got better, I cut myself back to 1 every other day. Unfortunately sometimes I think help has to be obtained.

Your situation is tough. I've often wondered how I'd do on a job that required shift work or working through the night. Doubt I could do that. There are some herbal things, etc., that help in this area, but I'd talk with the doctor first, to be sure they didn't conflict with any prescribed medications.

NormaJean
NormaJean 2009-01-06 20:12:54 -0600 Report

Thank you Lady Di you always have the perfect answer.I have to see her sometime next week cause am due for a checkup and some more tests.

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2009-01-06 10:33:39 -0600 Report

Absolutely, stress can increase your levels. Physical and mental stress — and it sounds like being up till 3 am, you probably had both. One of the joys of diabetes is that its constantly changing. If you have more of these nights and more of these highs, you may want to consult with your doctor about adjusting your insulin dosage for such situations. Good luck!

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