stress cause bad blood sugars?

By KitKatt93 Latest Reply 2010-07-25 08:33:44 -0500
Started 2010-07-14 22:02:59 -0500

So much has happened this last 3 weeks. Me and my dad have been emotional and stressed and depressed. Kylie is to young to know whats happening but she is acting wierd like her she will act irritated and cranky. I read that stress can irregulate your blood sugars but I don't know why she would be stressed. The last 2 weeks she has dealt with time change 3 times while we moved and I know that put her off key. But can she like feel or sense my stress and sadness and that make her act cranky and her blood sugars go up and down and all over the place?

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KitKatt93 2010-07-23 00:48:34 -0500 Report

Hi everybody. Thankyou for your comments to this and your advice. I havent been on here in a while, I wasnt ignoring just away. A bunch has gone down and happened the past few weeks. Like alot! But Kylie is doing ok even with the constant time changes the last 3 weeks. Her blood is better and she acts like she is happy with her little life right now but I start school soon so she will have even more changes.
Thankyou everyone.


LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-07-18 19:30:44 -0500 Report

Good comments and observations have already been given. Children definitely sense when things are not going right, etc., just as adults or even pets may do. Diet also plays a part with your emotions, etc. Exercise and staying occupied with hobbies, volunteer work, etc., can help with stress. I refused for years to give in to any anti-anxiety medications, but finally asked my doctor about them during a particularly stressful time in my life (coupled with diabetes, of course). Fortunately the low dose of Lexapro prescribed seems to have done wonders for me. In any event, I hope you're consulting with your doctor about your child's situation if it goes on indefinitely or becomes more noticeable. Good luck to you all.

kdroberts 2010-07-16 08:17:09 -0500 Report

Babies and young children get stressed just like other people do, more so really. Teething, frustration, any sort of pain, all kinds of things will cause them to be off and potentially make blood sugars unpredictable. Time changes definitely will and it takes them a lot longer to get over them than older kids and adults.

GabbyPA 2010-07-15 16:52:06 -0500 Report

You bet 'cha!

Kids have a sense that is very in-touch with things we as adults explain away or ignore. They may not know exactly what is going on, but they know when there is a change in the atmosphere around them. The same thing happens with pets. Our dogs know when we are going through things, especially one. She gets very clingy and acts depressed. So like Kylie, they know something is happening.

Getting her into a more regulated routine that she is used to should be able to help her out a lot. Find things she really enjoys doing to help distract her and as you always do, keep a close eye on her levels.

((hugs)) to you all. I hope that your stress calms down too, as your happiness and health are just as important as your sister's.

Roy531 2010-07-15 06:29:51 -0500 Report

Babies can sense your moods. I have seen this with my child and my granddaughter. Whenever you are stressed or sad mad whatever your mood they can sense the change in you and therefore it changes their mood as well.


RAYT721 2010-07-15 02:38:58 -0500 Report

I don't have square pants so I am not an authority on kids but the word "cranky" defines not only young children but grumpy old men like me too. Stress can affect all of us and you are darn right that kids are sensitive to changes, other people's moods, and so much more. My advice is to test Kylie often, speak softly and give her and yourself the right to be cranky, irritated, and stressed out but keep your eyes on the emotional and physical side of life and diabetes. I don't know about your area but going to 91 degrees here in Cleveland. Relax a little. Smile a lot … smiles are contagious!

MAYS 2010-07-14 22:28:19 -0500 Report

Yes, stress can cause your blood sugar to fluctuate greatly.
This video may help you to understand this:

Everyone involved must sit down and plan a course of action to deal with this, the added stress will create even bigger problems if it isn't dealt with.
Diabetics are constantly under stress because of diabetes, the body is constantly trying to correct what it considers to be wrong with it's metabolic process to no avail.

If I can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to ask.


Corynthus 2010-07-17 11:52:59 -0500 Report

Stress?!?!?! Well what about crying or getting upset for nothing at all or just by watching a movie or hearing two family members arguing or you get into a argument. I snap quick for no reason sometimes. I also now cry over NOTHING at all or just by thinking or seeing something sad. This is not the type of man I was before i was diagnosed with diabetis. I have talked many times to my doctor about this problem and all she ever does is switch me from this anxity medication to another and another. She keeps trying different stuff on me. Now once again I am on my 5th doctor. ( No I do not switch doctors , the hospital seems to switch them on their own without telling us. ) but anyway my problem is bigger than what you guys are discussing in here.. I mean I be stressed out and depressed ALL the time and it be for no darn reason… Any ideas why this happens to me???

MAYS 2010-07-17 12:16:00 -0500 Report

Diabetics experience serious hormonal changes (endocrine) that a non diabetics body regulates much better than a diabetics does, many people disagree with this but it is true, your pancreas, insulin and it's function are a part of your body's endocrine system, so if it's not working properly it creates problems elsewhere within the body, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Excessive blood glucose can have effects on your emotions, we're taught that we have control over our emotions, that's a myth, we are not in as much control as we would like to be.

Are you seeing an endocrinologist ?


Corynthus 2010-07-17 12:57:01 -0500 Report

Jeanie my doctor asked me that also about are any of my med bothering me. but no not for the emotional experiences that i be having.

MAYS at least you did a way way better thing of explaining to me about the reason why i get so darn depressed or angry or upset for nothing.

YOU SAID: your pancreas, insulin and it's function are a part of your body's endocrine system, so if it's not working properly it creates problems elsewhere within the body, physically, mentally and emotionally.

AND: Excessive blood glucose can have effects on your emotions

Ok but how or what can we do about this??

Yes i know we can not really control the body's emotions . But at least can try controling certain emotions that come from thinking or from the mind. Such as the anger or the crying… There's GOTTA be something besides certain depression pills that are offered but have bad side affects in them… Hmmm any ideas??

MAYS 2010-07-19 14:03:07 -0500 Report

Get control over your diabetes, controlling such will go a long way towards helping your body to control the hormones that can have an effect on our emotional state.
Eliminate the outside stress, (we all have some) and concentrate on strengthening the internal processes (endocrine related) that control our health and well being, it all starts with self, meds will create a dependency of some sort, let them be a last resort if necessary.


kingdomlady 2010-07-17 23:15:34 -0500 Report

Yes, in the 2 years since diagnosed I did find from my Dr, dietician & my own research that diabetes does affect one's hormones & whole body system differently than others. STRESS is one of those things that negatively affect your blood sugar. Best also to get enough sleep. Try deep breathing exercises to relax.

Corynthus 2010-07-19 13:18:48 -0500 Report

I missed this comment..
MAYS SAID:Excessive blood glucose can have effects on your emotions, we're taught that we have control over our emotions, that's a myth, we are not in as much control as we would like to be.
I think this is true.. hmmm. thanks for the info

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-07-17 12:25:48 -0500 Report

I also have problems with my emotions. My doctor said it was from some of the meds I'm on. I snap at any little thing and I cry a lot more then I used to. Everyone around me has just gotten used to it. And I try really hard not to be such a bitch.

michelleeuber 2010-07-25 08:33:44 -0500 Report

My husband nick named me Satan…I was having horrific mood swings, crying at nothing, screaming at him and the kids! He told me I needed to get some sort of medication to help. When I went to the doctors for a check-up she told me it was just because my blood sugars were high, and to get them under control and I would be fine. Easy thing for her to say, huh? I do not know if that is the entire reason for the mood or not, but the numbers are still too high, and I still feel anger and depression most of the time. I have a new doctor now and she seems to be helping me try and get the numbers under control better. The site is the best thing that I have found to help me…everyone is very helpful, and I am getting ALOT of very good ideas and recipes!! Thanks Everyone!

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