what part does stress play in diabetes

By deewoelling Latest Reply 2014-08-24 07:29:53 -0500
Started 2014-08-22 06:22:13 -0500

i have noticed a rise in my sugar levels and i'm wondering if it is due to stress which has just entered my life,,,,,i just moved from Florida to Louisiana and i was doing so good and now i'm up again,,,,
Anyone got some advise as to how i can get it back down to under 100 where it was

11 replies

Pegsy 2014-08-24 07:29:53 -0500 Report

Stress has a big impact on me as well. I went through a high stress period that lasted several years. Careful diet, exercise, sleeping as well as possible, and a lot of prayer is how I got through it. I know that moving is one of the highest stressors in life. Take good care of yourself and make a point of relaxing.

maryanne55 2014-08-22 18:49:26 -0500 Report

yes stress has a big part in sugar levels. when i get stressed spikes me up fast. i try to take my mind off the prob by reading or taking a walk

jayabee52 2014-08-22 11:41:32 -0500 Report

Howdy Dee
It may help to understand why stress affects diabetes:
"The Connection Between Stress and Blood Sugar
When you are under stress, your body works overtime to help you cope. One of the ways it does this is to release hormones, such as epinephrine and adrenaline, both which give you added energy and concentration. But, in addition to the hormones, your body also releases glucose (sugar) from your liver, muscles and stored fat reserves. This bodily response to stress is called the “fight or flight” response. For example, if you needed to fight off or run away from a snarling dog, these hormones and extra glucose would give you an enhanced ability to do so. In the process of running or fighting the dog you would use up the hormones and glucose and your body would quickly regain an internal balance." ~ http://type1diabetes.about.com/od/managingtyp...

There is more to the article and it speaks of long term stress as well, but the general principle is the same.

What your body does it would do for you even if you did not have diabetes.

With those of us who have diabetes it becomes an issue because of our inability to produce insulin, or our inability to use the insulin we produce correctly (insulin resistance).

So yes, stress does affect our BG levels.

God's best to you

Glucerna 2014-08-22 21:28:51 -0500 Report

Be sure to read part 2 of the article James posted. It lists several ways to manage stress in addition to the ones mentioned here. I find deep breathing and relaxation techniques are good ways to help manage stress. ~Lynn @Glucerna

wraithmb 2014-08-22 08:27:28 -0500 Report

Unfortunately stress does cause a rise in my sugars too. Both emotional and physical. Wednesday night I had a hard time sleeping, and my blood sugar was difficult to control all day. The only thing I can do is take extra insulin until the stress passes.

deewoelling 2014-08-22 09:15:55 -0500 Report

my seeping isnt affected but i do get very tried when it is high so i go lay down after drinking a bottle of water, i really don't like to take another shot

wraithmb 2014-08-22 09:35:27 -0500 Report

I'd imagine you are a type 2 as well. I can adjust with humalog as needed so it's a bit quicker acting.

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