Stress-less Diabetes ?

By ssmile Latest Reply 2008-09-16 09:22:32 -0500
Started 2008-08-04 08:59:34 -0500

My sugar was 120 Sat. morning I took my Novolog like always and ate some cereal for breakfast. Then we got the call… my sister who just had a baby 8months ago and is 22 was rushed to the ER and needs her gallbladder removed. My sugar jumped up to 300. I am not a hysterical person nor dramatic I don't think. It was almost like I could feel it slowly climbing. All these thoughts began flowing through my head and that was all she wrote. I didn't act out of manner or anything but I could tell the difference in a sense. You know it's like when you almost get in a car accident and you have to sometimes pull over to calm down. Sometimes our nerves tend to get the best of us. I don't know if it is all my diabetes or not but when something like that happens I get a cold sweat, shakes, blurred vision, just totally disoriented. Also if you get in an argument with someone any added stress just doesn't help. My doctor is always telling me less stress, now you tell me how that is possible. We all have different problems some worse than others but living stress free seems impossible. I know I may bring it on myself sometimes but it seems as if there is always something to think or worry about. If it's not when the next bill is due or what bills can I put off this week to pay another one, it's B/S counts and why is it high or low, what did I eat or not eat. It's just really hard. I find myself not having much energy either. I have noticed I feel better when I eat balanced meals but every meal is not always balanced. I'm just curious if stress tends to effect B/S for others as well.

12 replies

MidnightButterflyIris 2008-09-14 04:13:10 -0500 Report

stress definitely affects my bg's.
like when i got totally taken by surprised and spooked to shreiking by a big cane spider next to my bathroom faucet on the soap bottle i was reaching my hand for one foot away… i freaked out so much.. and then i actually felt that my bg had risen, and sure enough it had jumped about 40 points from the last i had checked 2 hours prior, .. and i know it wasn't any food cuz i had not eaten. i have to give myself a half unit bolus just because of driving to work raises my bg. i don't know what thhe chemistry is behind it; i just know that it does and so i just have to roll with the punches.

Charish 2008-09-13 03:54:16 -0500 Report

One of the most important things to remember in any fight is that you are not the one fighting the fight God is. He's the one who fights the battle for us but we still want to fight it out ourselves. I have remembered to let go. I have remembered to take care of myself and everything else follow that. I had to let go and let God and get myself out of the way of Him fighting the battle for me. I have had to face some real biggies in past several months, but I got out of the way and allowed God to fight for me.

My advice is to step out of the way and let God fight the fight for you and everything will work itself out. I still have a degree of stress and stressers in my life but I gave it all to God and the picture is a lot clearer now.

Hugs and Kisses


ssmile 2008-09-16 09:22:32 -0500 Report

Thank you that is very encouraging. we do tend to get in the way and all it takes is something simple to make us realize the obvious.

odonnellp10 2008-09-12 11:25:05 -0500 Report

you may want to take a stress and depression regular doctor called my phsycologist and had her raise my zoloft its right in zolofts warnings diebetics may need bigger helped level out my blood sugar.

ssmile 2008-09-16 09:19:06 -0500 Report

thanks for the advice, i'm currently on Effexor XR to help with my affects from the Adderall that I take for my Narcolepsy. Yeah! I'm all retarded. anyways I used to take wellbutrin and i'm thinking about switching back.

DiabetesDiva 2008-08-05 03:23:46 -0500 Report

Hi Steph-

Is your sister ok? No wonder you felt stressed in this situation. I have learned I cannot control a situation, but I can control my reaction. My numbers go up when I'm stressed too. I also try deep breathing and visual meditation. This helps me about 90% of the time. My best friend died in May and I'm in deep grieving right now.
I talk it out with my friends and belong to an online grief group. Hang in there, you'll learn what works for you.

Take care-


Elfin 2008-08-07 12:10:10 -0500 Report

I'm still learning to get my stress under control, not my control, but God's control. My first line of defense against stress is realizing I am not in contol, God is. He is sufficient and more and capable of handling all my problems. I can't contol my financial problems, but I know He will provide. These are hard lessons to learn and at 74 years of age, I am still learning. You will be in my prayers. God bless you.

LeighG 2008-08-04 16:24:03 -0500 Report

i so hear yea hun.i am like a stress magnet.never in my life is there a stress free matter how hard i try i8t is always right there.when i feel the stress building i try to stop and just breathe it seems to help me alot.if i get mad and wanna go off i stop and do it is really hard it is just a crazy world and stress is everywhere we just need to find away to bring peace with it yea if that makes sense.

morris.js 2008-08-04 09:10:56 -0500 Report

I believe stress affects everyone on this site with their readings. I know mine can go either up or down with stress. No, you cannot get away from stress, but there are things you can do to help it. Do some deep breathing exercises, or meditation, or some light streching…I know it sounds silly, but those things do help.
I almost died back in 2003 due to stress. Also, I had high blood pressure since I was age 21 and nothing helped. I was not overweight at all. Now, I do not take anything for high blood pressure, and my doctors say I have the blood pressure of a teenager. (118/72 ave.)

I know it is hard, but find a way to let go of some of the stress. I do not worry about things too much anymore, I put my faith in God and if things go bad, then oh well, probably nothing I could of done would have changed the outcome. My biggest stress reliever is my walks in the woods with my dogs.

I sincerely hope you find something that will help you relieve the stress. Your blood sugars will improve, and your life will be much more enjoyable.
All my best,

butterfly_8 2008-08-04 15:50:15 -0500 Report

I find for me the first line of defense is to pray and then Do not worry about what I cannot change. If I can handle it I do If I cannot then let go.Worry will definitely not fix it.

butterfly_8 2008-08-04 09:10:20 -0500 Report

Stress affects different people in different ways.And at some point we all have some. The people here on this site are usually our first defense. We call out for help, and it is there. We have to learn to cope. We must help ourselves first before we can help anyone else.The bills are a given.Your well being and life is more important. They have to stand in line.

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