By Nyu-chan Latest Reply 2014-10-08 08:02:06 -0500
Started 2014-10-05 17:56:14 -0500

1. How do you guys deal with anxiety? It won't affect diabetes, will it? I am also on blood pressure that helps my kidneys.

2. I had some sausages this weekend, and for some weird reason, they made me feel sick to my stomach. It was like I was gonna have the stomach bug. I had German sausage, and Summer sausage. Not a whole lot of them though.

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-10-08 08:02:06 -0500 Report


I don't know anything about sausage, but I do know something about anxiety.

It has been my experience that finding ways to keep yourself calm and relaxed can help with anxiety. This might mean doing some relaxation exercises, taking a walk, listening to music -- activities that can take your mind off the stress. Sitting down and talking to a friend can also help.

If you find that you are often experiencing anxiety, or if you have anxiety that seems to come out of nowhere, you might also want to consider meeting a few times with a counselor, where you could sort things out and learn some coping skills.

Nice to see you!


valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-10-07 20:21:37 -0500 Report

Nyu-Chan, Hi; I read your message and all the great advice you have received.
I would like to add just a couple words more. I have anxiety to the extent that
I have to take medication for it. It can make you physically ill. Yes, at that point it can raise your BG. Use some of the things that have been mentioned
All the best advice you recieved use those tips. If it doesn' t help,, you need to
speak to your Doctor about the problem. Also, when my BG does go up I remind myself that it is anxiety and I don't cover it with. Insulin. Instead I take
a hot bath and relax. It. Comes down on it's own. Hugs to you …VL

tabby9146 2014-10-06 10:19:31 -0500 Report

deep breathing techniques! I have it on occasion, and it comes and goes real fast, but I have learned these tricks to make it go away, and I believe, to actually prevent them, when I find myself in a situation where I 've had them before, or at a certain place or whatever. I like Dr. Weill's breathing exercises. You can go to You Tube and just type in breathing exercises for anxiety or something like that. You will also find calming nature music to listen to. I like the idea someone else said on here too. But when you find yourself out somewhere, and you begin to feel it coming on, be aware of your heart beating rapidly, try to slow it down by breathing slowly and deeply and some people find that holding their breath for a count of 4 or 5 and then slowly releasing for a count is good. Also, check out essential oils like lavender, and frankencense (not sure I spelled that correctly) and others which have been shown to help. diffuse them, or rub them on your feet, or just sniff them helps a lot of people.

GabbyPA 2014-10-06 09:02:39 -0500 Report

Stress and anxiety have a purpose in our bodies. They are there to hike up our awareness and our sugar levels so if the situation becomes one that you must flee from, you have energy to do that. That is how we are made.

Unfortunately, most of our need to flee is gone and the stress reaction is still with us and when we have prolonged low grade stress that might come from a work environment or a living situation, we are in a constant state of our body being ready to go, but we never use up the energy it provides us and it lingers in our blood stream causing our levels to be high, among other things like an upset stomach, head aches, poor sleep, jitters and more.

I like Denise's suggestions of ways to reduce your stress. Those are some of your best defenses against glucose issues. And besides, they are fun to do.

Glucerna 2014-10-05 21:12:44 -0500 Report

According to the American Diabetes Association, stress can impact blood sugar levels in two ways. One is that people under stress sometimes don't take care of themselves as well as they would like, and the other is that stress hormones can raise blood sugar levels. I like denipink57's ideas for managing stress, and you can also talk with your diabetes educator about other ways to manage stress. ~Lynn @Glucerna

denipink57 2014-10-05 19:53:11 -0500 Report

anxiety affects all of us - the whole person. anxiety can make you sick to your stomach so dont assume what you ate caused it.

do your best to de-stress as much as possible.

a few suggestions:

have a hot bubble bath with candles and listen to mood music. i like nature sound music when i have anxiety. it calms me and settles me.

meditate. clear your mind completely and let your mind just wander.

if you are stressed about something in particular sit quietly and make a pledge to yourself about what you will do to resolve your situation. if you need some kind of help write out how you will get it.

with anxiety comes a lot of unknowns so when you consciously sit down and make a pledge to yourself you are proving that you dont need to be anxious about something in particular.

my go to activity when anxious is to walk. i walk and pray. this helps me take my mind to a higher power that gives me strength and gives me a will to work thru something.

when anxious get up and do something about it. dont just sit and feel trapped wringing your hands and saying woe is me. prove to yourself that you have what it takes to overcome.

this is what i do.

good luck.


lorlee 2014-10-05 18:55:05 -0500 Report

Hi Nyu-chan,
Anxiety in itself probably won't affect your diabetes but that depends on how you handle your anxiety, ie. if you tend to binge eat, then obviously, that will affect your blood sugars and your wt. If you are stressed with the anxiety then, this too has the potential to increase blood sugars.
As far as your sausages go, maybe you got a bad sausage?? too much fat? not sure… shouldn't be related to your diabetes.