Stress and BG levels

Burke - 30425
By Burke - 30425 Latest Reply 2009-02-25 19:05:23 -0600
Started 2009-02-08 10:25:53 -0600

I was wondering anyones findings on stress and their BG levels. I was doing fine until Friday when our dog died. Now I can't get them under control. Way way to high (365). I take 30 units of Lantus tid.

25 replies

rbergman 2009-02-25 19:05:23 -0600 Report

These past couple of days has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that stress does make a difference on numbers. I was anywhere between 300-HI (HI on my meter is anything over 500, Lord only knows what the number actually was) I wasn't even eating, so I know food didn't have anything to do with it. It is better now but still in the high 200s today but going down slowly but surely.

jsd2005 2009-02-23 08:23:19 -0600 Report

Stress definitely plays a role in blood sugar control. if you don't mind take a look at a discussion I wrote 26 days ago titled Stress and Diabetes.

Maybe this will help. I'm not sure how else to link you to the discussion, I hope you can find it.

Good luck and I am sorry for your loss. Our pets become our family and it is a loss when we lose them.

dj7110 2009-02-23 08:05:09 -0600 Report

stress does cause high b/g levels.. I suffer from ptsd and it always has caused me to have highs in mine. which leaves it hard to control.

roger 2009-02-22 11:04:46 -0600 Report

sent to me by friend

A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience,
Raised a glass of water and asked:
'How heavy is this glass of water?'

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter.
It depends on how long you try to hold it.

If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.

If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.

In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.'

He continued,

'And that's the way it is with stress management.

If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later,

As the burden becomes increasingly heavy,

We won't be able to carry on. '

'As with the glass of water,

You have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.

When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.'

'So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down.

Don't carry it home.

You can pick it up tomorrow.

Whatever burdens you're carrying now,

Let them down for a moment if you can.'

So, my friend: Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now.

Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.

Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

* Accept that some days you're the pigeon,
And some days you're the statue.

* Always keep your words soft and sweet,
Just in case you have to eat them.

* Always read stuff that will make you look good
If you die in the middle of it.

* Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be
Recalled by their maker.

* If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again,
It was probably worth it.

* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply be kind to others.

* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time,
Because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

* Nobody cares if you can't dance well.
Just get up and dance.

* Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

* The second mouse gets the cheese.

* Birthdays are good for you.
The more you have, the longer you live.

* You may be only one person in the world,
But you may also be the world to one person.

* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

* We could learn a lot from crayons… Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

*A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

2009-02-23 06:36:53 -0600 Report

Stress is one of the biggest parts, for some people, and losing a pet, would definitely raise mine.
I understand that. My husband and I had gotten our first (pure white) pekinese 13 years ago, when my mom died, and he was a Christmas eve baby. Then we got another, we also had my moms peke-a-poo, who was 13 then. We eventually got a female. And not too much after that, we had 9 puppies, now we have father, the white peke, and son Blueyes(true to his name) the runt.

I could not imagine life without them, and am so sorry for your loss, they are truly more than pets; they are best friends.
Losing a friend at any time can definitely mess with your numbers.
Hope you are getting better.

roger 2009-02-13 18:44:47 -0600 Report

had the same thing happen when my dad died on nov 20 i tryed and tryed but could not get my bg down i tryed every thing even a new bottle of insulin ( have had two bad bottles in the past) nothing know what worked ? time and i would like to think this site and having others to talk to who know what i go through each day . that and that one night about 10 days ago i heard my dad say it got me dont let it get you ! so for him i fite and hope i will be half the man he was.

2009-02-10 23:27:17 -0600 Report

I share your pain in the loss of such a treasured friend. We had to put our 'puppy' Patches, down after 11 years.

I recently went back to school, and let me tell you, I am coming up on 2 days of exams, and my stress level is through the roof, I'm afraid to test, because I think that will be too. I am on a pump, so that gives me a wee bit of room, but not much.

I wish you the best of luck!

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-09 06:05:01 -0600 Report

I had stress 24/7, and yest what a price your BS pay for that. I have learned to manage my stress levels. With my transplant I need to keep good BG levels to keep my kidney healthy. I have no choice and you would think I would be more stressed. Well at the beginning I was stress to learn to blow off steam and go and do whatever to gain back my own control. We all have to remember to get our composure together. I live daily by this saying: YOU control diabetes, don't let it control you…Debe

rbergman 2009-02-08 15:06:38 -0600 Report

Stress is my #1 enemy when it comes to my BG levels. I try to control the stress but that is a rare thing, we moved December 23rd, had xmas, husband started new job the day after xmas, our daughter was having high readings but an A1C was normal so it was dismissed, in January we went to denver to what is now her past Ped Endo for 1 last visit that was horrible and we felt rejected because we'd told them we moved and found a Ped Endo closer to home. My BG was high 200's-low 300's constantly (Type 2). This past Friday we saw a new Ped Endo and had a good visit and learned so much and I felt like this was the right Dr. to be with for our daughter, my levels have come down some but still stressed lining out our daughters care…in fact I may be concentrating too much on her and not enough on myself but it'll get worked out eventually.

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2009-02-08 14:16:30 -0600 Report

I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your dog. That's always difficult. I've noticed a major connection. Its much harder for me to keep my sugars in control when my stress level is high. I'd recommend testing your blood sugars much more frequently and continually treat the highs. Eat more carefully than usual (measure your food, etc.) so that you know a lack of attention (common enough in such a time) is causing your highs.

Good luck.

shanie1 2009-02-08 13:59:56 -0600 Report

Hi so sorry to hear about your dog,i know how you feel,its heartbreaking.When my dog died the stress caused my diabetes to go badly out of control.It will take a while, but look after yourself and all the best. Helen

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-08 13:32:11 -0600 Report

I know how you feel, believe me. The death of a pet is devastating! No one loves you as much as your pet!

There are some good discussions on the site already about the effects of stress on your BS readings. You might want to check those out. For most people (doctors will tell you) stress plays a huge part in controlling your diabetes. Sometimes whether you actually realize it or not. That is one reason you will see so many diabetics on some sort of anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication.

But, because life is not always easy or fair, the diabetes can sometmes cause additional stress. A vicious circle.

Anything you can do to lessen the level of stress you have is always healthy. Diabetes is not the only illness or disease it efffects.

For me personally, prayer helps. Keeping busy and exercising are great stress relievers. I hope you will soon begin feeling a little better, and that you'll just cherish the memories.

Burke - 30425
Burke - 30425 2009-02-08 14:46:52 -0600 Report

LadyDi, you are so right. They are precious little creatures and Jas will be profoundly missed. I guess the best thing to say is I believe in the power of God and he will take care of my dog and me. AMEN

2009-02-08 13:14:21 -0600 Report

Burke, I am newly diagnosed as of December 2008. I really don't know if stress is bothering me at this point, however, I have not had anything happen like the passing of your dog. My screen name, Arudee, Rudee is one of my cocker spaniels. I have 2 more and they are like family. I have thought about using that screen name as they are getting older Rudee is almost 10, how horrible it would be to see it everyday if he was gone. I am very sorry about your dog and I hope your BS levels get back inline very soon. Take care of yourself, Angie

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2009-02-08 12:13:04 -0600 Report

I"m sorry you lost your dog, sometimes they are our best friends. But yes stress will often Make things go crazy, I recently had a hospital stay, My Blood pressure and blood sugars both were very high,Even on the Hosp diet for Diabetics it stayed in the 210 range, after being home two days it was back to94 & 120 So I think it will take a little time and as you recover it will come back to normal,I wish you my best Robert

Burke - 30425
Burke - 30425 2009-02-08 13:08:34 -0600 Report

Thanks Robert, I hope you are doing well now. Yes it is a miserable mess right now and we are lost without Jas. I am sure in time things will get better. I have done well with my BG since being diag in Dec. It took about a month and once the doc started me on the Lantus I have had pretty good results. I have some major bone issues and have had 4 back surgeries with rods and pins form T10 down both knees replaced, a shoulder replaced and plates and screws in both feet to keep bones from deteriorating totally. I am on a fentenyl patch 100mcg and 4 narco a day. Didn't know if that was the cause or if just being upset about Jas was making my values crazy. I appreciate your imput.

2009-02-08 12:01:07 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear about the passing of your dog. I know from experience how hard that is. Stress can effect all sorts of medical problems. I hope you can get things straightened out. I'm sorry I'm not much help in giving you any advice though. Best of luck to you.

2009-02-08 10:28:16 -0600 Report

Burke, Most people have issues with stress and their levels. I personally don't get that with stress, infections etc… but most others do.

I'm sorry your dog died.. so sad! :(

Hang in there, it will get better as you adjust to the loss.

Burke - 30425
Burke - 30425 2009-02-08 13:02:38 -0600 Report

thanks Judy. We had him since he was six weeks old and now he's eleven. He was fine last Sunday and by Friday he died. I know it will get better but it definately hurts right now.

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