Diabetes: Does Stress Affect Your Blood Sugar Levels?
As a diabetic, you’ve likely asked yourself whether stress affects your blood sugar levels. The answer to that question is YES. Unfortunately in our fast paced society, it can be nearly impossible to avoid stress entirely. But there are several things you can do to better manage your stress levels and your blood glucose. What is Stress? If you are living with diabetes, you need to have a better understanding of stress. The term “stress” tends to get used a lot in this day and age. But it’s good to understand what it actually means medically. Stress produces strain in psychological response to an event or perceived attack. It can be prompted by a physical reason. These include sickness, surgery, a car accident etc. Stress can also come from a person’s emotional reaction to problems with money, health, friends, family, etc. We mostly associate stress as being caused by bad things, but good things can also be stressful. Diabetics have a lot to worry about when on vacations or visiting from family and friends. You may not even realize the stress you’re under when ziplining in Hawaii or cooking a large meal for loved ones. With diabetes, stress can be short term or long term Continue reading >>