Freaked out--stress and BG?

By sweetslover Latest Reply 2015-02-22 22:56:13 -0600
Started 2015-02-21 20:01:22 -0600

Yesterday afternoon, I was under a TREMENDOUS amount of stress for 2-3 hours. When I got home I checked my BG and it was 92. I had not eaten for about 4 hours. Before going to bed it was 116. Fasting this morning was 82, and an hour after lunch 104. All numbers I am happy with. I had not eaten since lunch and when I check before dinner my BG was 156. I did not eat at that point, checked an hour later and it had climbed to 190. I have not had numbers like that since before I started medication. I finally ate a plain scrambled egg and my BG is now 153. My question, CAN STRESS AFFECT MY BG TO THAT EXTENT NEARLY 24 HOURS AFTER THE INCIDENT? I have no other explanation for the spike—my diet and exercise have been normal for today—and I am really worried.

16 replies

Type1Lou 2015-02-22 18:23:02 -0600 Report

One of the things I've learned is that diabetes can be very unpredictable and yes, stress will definitely cause spikes in BG. The best you can do is try to calm down and not let this aberration rattle you, particularly if you're getting back into control (I know that's easier said than done and sometimes, we just can't "turn it off") Hope things have gotten back on track for you.

sweetslover 2015-02-22 18:45:47 -0600 Report

Thank you. Things seem to be back to normal today. I had a very bad medical scare on Friday, but everything seems to be working out OK.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-21 23:32:14 -0600 Report

The "wonderful" thing about diabetes that I have found is that there is no such thing as what works today works tomorrow. It very likely is the stress. it can stay in your body for days. But honestly, who knows what causes spikes like that. Sorry.

sweetslover 2015-02-22 05:00:00 -0600 Report

I am thinking it had to have been a reaction to the stress from the day before, but it just does not seem logical to me that this reaction would not have been immediate. Why wait 24 hours for a liver dump? Oh, well—my body has never been known to have "normal" reactions.

Beach Betty
Beach Betty 2015-02-21 22:25:03 -0600 Report

I'm still trying to figure all this out myself. Just recently went on medtronics pump…yesterday my numbers were good all day…today…off the charts…I'm talking really high…I don't get it…so I guess I should be freaking out as well

RebDee 2015-02-22 22:56:13 -0600 Report

I had a Medtronics pump for 7 years. Make sure you contact your nurse from Medteronics to ask what is happening. She might know something or decide that you need a different setting on the pump.

sweetslover 2015-02-21 23:03:20 -0600 Report

I have heard that it sometimes takes a few days for BG's to level out after you go on a pump—something new for the body to adjust to. Don't freak out like me. That just causes more stress. :)

RebDee 2015-02-21 20:27:58 -0600 Report

Not only can stress make your BS go high, but your empty stomach makes your liver dump some sugar causing highs in BS. Eat at least 3 meals and 3 snacks.

sweetslover 2015-02-21 20:52:30 -0600 Report

I have never had to snack between meals, and it was a normal time between my meals. I have never had this happen before. My metformin is supposed to prevent those liver dumps. I know stress can make BG go higher, but can it have such a delayed reaction?

RebDee 2015-02-21 21:13:17 -0600 Report

Any diabetic medication or insulin causes changes in me that might not happen to you. We are all different.

sweetslover 2015-02-21 21:17:59 -0600 Report

I know—our differences are what make us interesting. :) I guess I just need an explanation for this spike, and I may not find it.

jayabee52 2015-02-21 21:42:16 -0600 Report

I believe it to be a liver dump.
Met actually is said to "wring" (my Dr's word) the glucogen out of your liver.


sweetslover 2015-02-21 21:48:07 -0600 Report

Whatever caused it, I don't like it. I guess a liver dump would explain it, but I am like a little child—WHY? :)