Stress !!!

By SueIzzy Latest Reply 2010-08-16 00:25:21 -0500
Started 2010-08-13 09:13:24 -0500

Does anyone know how stress can effect your BG levels?

I have been doing good controlling my levels over the past few months, even got my A1C down to 6.1 so far. I am 98% of the time a non-stressed person, very laid back, easy going, bubbly, I don't get upset or mad very easy…and besides the occasional road rage…mellow.

For the past 4 days I have experienced a high stress situation at work, and for 4 days now, I have been having elevated BG levels. So I am wondering if the two are connected in some way. I have not changed the way I am eating (except one day…wednesday…it was my birthday so I had cake!) But didn't really think that having cake one day would effect my numbers the next…but not sure about the either.

So if anyone knows how stress effects our BG levels, would love to hear about it.


Sue ~:-)
Type 2

8 replies

Anonymous 2010-08-16 00:23:59 -0500 Report

Happy day,
Welcome I do not know how it can effect your BG levels (for I am not a diabetic my husband Michael is). Now what I can tell you is that stress effects everyone bodies in different ways. Some folks says they work better under stress (I don't believe that really is true) but we all have an opinion & a butt hole & neither will be the same. The fast pace may help their drive the short deadline may give them a rush, but no one body tolerates stress well. So don't feel alone because you are not let go & let God He will help you deal w/your stress on a higher & better level. Stay blessed & know you are highly favored in the name of Jesus.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.
Mama Dee

SueIzzy 2010-08-13 16:53:50 -0500 Report

Thank you all, I really had no idea that emotional stuff could have such an effect. I am fairly new to diabetes (3yrs, type 2), and still have so much to learn it seems. What an awesome support group this website is! You all are wonderful!

Sue ~:-)

MAYS 2010-08-13 16:46:02 -0500 Report

We are always under stress, our bodies are structured to deal with the everyday stress that's created with our normal body functions, our major problem, especially for diabetics, is that stress activates our stress fighting mechanism's within us, one of which is the release of stored glucose, called glycogen, from our liver to help us deal with brief moments of stress, unfortunately for a diabetic, that means added glucose in our system causing it to rise.
That's why doctors recommend to diabetics to try to manage, or to eliminate as much stress out of our lives as possible.
I did an article on stress, which I cannot seem to locate, but these are the links that were a part of that article:


msann 2010-08-13 16:05:11 -0500 Report

hi, wow, you hit it right on the head stress is the no1 diabetics, i dont care how long or how good they are sometimes it will get you so just try to not get upset, but in the economy it is hard not although just you and your hubby it going to get in your live, take care how you get back under control

monkeymama 2010-08-13 15:53:35 -0500 Report

Hello there Sue! Oh yes…stress can and will effect your BG. Just like illnesses and certain medications can cause elevations. I was reading recently where if even you are not getting enough sleep at night can also effect BG levels.

bettymachete 2010-08-13 10:19:04 -0500 Report

Yes stress effects my bg levels for days after a high stress situation. The best advice I can give it take care of what is stressing you out then your numbers will return to normal gradually. Find some time for yourself each day to quiet your mind if you can, mine is early morning when everyone is still asleep. Nice tea, birds and sunrise.

SueIzzy 2010-08-13 11:49:02 -0500 Report

Thank you Bettymachete. My normal days are usually not stressful, and I have lots of quiet time (no children at home, husband works at night). Work is usually not stressful, but this week my Server crashed which houses my accounting package. I have over 350 employees that I do payroll for and 19 Stores to pay bills for, so me not having my computer available has needless to say, spiked my stress level to high. I also am dog sitting my neighbor's dog, which also throws my schedule off. So I am relieved to hear that once my stress level goes back to normal, I should be able to control my bg numbers again…which should be next week, GOD willing!

Sue ~:-)