Low levels?

By simonizer77 Latest Reply 2014-06-01 16:27:55 -0500
Started 2014-05-27 16:38:34 -0500

Has anyone heard of sugar levels dropping due to stress? Really stressful morning. Felt very unwell, so drank a lot of water. Driving 130 miles to/from airport felt awful. Stopped for a snack. Had lunch an hour later. Blood sugar 89 20 minutes after lunch. My level hardly ever dips below 150 until 1 hour after meals.

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Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-01 16:27:55 -0500 Report

Sometimes I get lows when being stressed, but I realise later that it was because of the stress I didn't eat right. I am working on not allowing stress to take over me. But I have learned from experience as a type 2 diabetic to always keep a package of glucose tabs with me, just in case I have a low spell when I don't have access to food. Talk to your doctor and?or dietician and they can give you some pointers especially for you, we all react different to different things, and situations. Best Wishes!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-27 22:38:53 -0500 Report

I have only heard of stress raising blood sugar levels. If you drank a lot of water instead of eating a meal, that will drop your blood sugar. I do that to lower it when it is high. I agree with James. If you are driving long distances you should eat to keep your blood sugar in your normal range. Take snacks with you.

simonizer77 2014-05-27 22:44:35 -0500 Report

Sounds likely. Meant to bring a snack and forgot, but brought water and drank a lot! Great advice. I'm so glad to be on this site!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-28 09:41:58 -0500 Report

The hardest thing for me to remember was to grab a snack when I left the house. I made a sign for my front door that said. Don't forget snacks. Try putting a sign on the door you use to get to your car.

neverlowbg 2014-05-27 22:11:04 -0500 Report

When my levels drop under stress like that it's almost always I got up rushed out the house grabbed a snack of crap food somewhere and by the time I calmed or slowed down my bg was low it's my fault I skipped my routine of eating properly and the right foods but hey it happens every now and then but I try hard not to let it happen another crazy one to throw your way is have you ever had a meal drop your bg happened the other day can't figure that one out but I'll ask my endo next week

Glucerna 2014-05-27 18:42:27 -0500 Report

Typically stress leads to higher blood glucose levels, because one of the actions of the stress hormones is to make glucose more available for energy (fight or flight syndrome), and in PWD that can lead to elevated BG levels. I've seen some reports of people having lower BG levels when they're under stress, but I don't know why that happens. I'm interested to hear what your cardiologist says about this. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-05-27 16:58:05 -0500 Report

Howdy Simon
Generally speaking I have only heard of stress raising Blood Glucose (BG) levels.

I do remember however when I was driving 500 mi one way to see my 2nd wife I was concerned about going low so I delibrately kept my BG levels up to avoid that.

Our BG levels can do some crazy and unexpected things and this seems to be one of them for you.

I pray things are better for you now.
James Baker

simonizer77 2014-05-27 16:59:24 -0500 Report

Thanks James. I'll update.

jayabee52 2014-05-27 17:25:36 -0500 Report

Update? I thought you were reporting an event in your life with your BG dropping like it did. I didn't disagree with your assessment only said it was unusual, and unusual things sometimes happen with our BG levels.

simonizer77 2014-05-27 17:47:07 -0500 Report

This was an event. Happened this afternoon. Pulse and BP were up too. I happen to have an appt with Cardiologist tomorrow so hopefully will get some answers.

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