I've been a touring musician for years and last year was diagnosed with DT2. Once I started testing my sugars I noticed that on performance days, the adrenalin and excitement of being on stage and having to keep up a high energy level would shoot my readings to above 300 (and stay there for the duration of set-up, performance, and breakdown… About 6 hours) regardless of what I ate or didn't eat. On non-performance days I was able to keep my sugars in the 80-120 range easily.
Would this constant overload of sugar in my blood be equivalent to eating three boxes of donuts every day? Could the touring life have caused my diabetes?
Sadly, I made the decision to leave the touring life and go back to teaching. My blood pressure was also in the range of 200/120. My health was more important.
So my A1c has almost returned to normal, but I'll now always be diabetic. Sigh…
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