Like "Hello, Diabetes can certainly make you feel as though it takes over your life, doesn't it? I'm proud of you for trying so hard to help yourself. Without realizing it, you may be trying TOO hard! The stress alone causes your body to react. You may not even realize it, but our bodies are programmed to respond to stress. The brain and the body have very specific responses in relation to stress. Acute or Chronic stress (sudden onset or prolonged stress) force the bodies Hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal systems to react. This reaction triggers the release of stress hormones such as, Glucocorticoids. The brain automatically increases the production and release of the neurotransmitters cortisol, catecholamines, epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine and Seratonin. Seratonin is a chemial critical to the feeling of well being. Since stress decreases the production and release of the chemials that are vital to us, the body responds by "Fighting: back! Virtually every system in our bodies respond to stress. Yes, understanding Diabetes is critical to managing this particular health issue. I think as long as you take control of your medicine, maintain your weight and Diet by watching carbohydrate intake and also pay attention to caloric intake,and include exercise into a daily ROUTINE. You will control the Diabetes and it won't control you. These elements are crucial to your success. So, don't beat yourself up and get obsessive about managing the diabetes. You have the power and authority to manage this!! Your reaching out and asking for help is also important. Best of Luck"