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What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body. Diabetes requires daily self care and if complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it. There are different types of diabetes; all types are complex and serious. The three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. How does diabetes affect the body? When someone has diabetes, their body can’t maintain healthy levels of glucose in the blood. Glucose is a form of sugar which is the main source of energy for our bodies. Unhealthy levels of glucose in the blood can lead to long term and short term health complications. For our bodies to work properly we need to convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy. A hormone called insulin is essential for the conversion of glucose into energy. In people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced or not produced in sufficient amounts by the body. When people with diabetes eat glucose, which is in foods such as breads, cereals, fruit and star Continue reading >>

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  1. User67378

    Effects of emotional upset/stress on blood sugar

    It rings true with me. Whenever I have a day where someone has truly upset me or I have struggled and felt very stressed, my blood sugars do go up. Someone upset me a lot last night and my fasting level this morning is the highest ever! I know it is because the stress response releases various hormones, the effects of which can last for hours, the old 'flight or fight' response activates. If this carries on for a long time it really is so bad for us.
    To take steps, today I have increased my exercise because that results in better well-being and calms me, I shall do my meditation CD tonight and be extra careful with diet of course. I will ensure to make time to do nice things for myself today - like quiet reading, which always makes me happy.
    Do you find a direct correlation between being upset and your glucose level? Does this apply to days where you feel down and depressed too I wonder?

  2. snusnuMV

    Stress and illness do raise my blood sugar - not by a tremendous amount, but enough to bother me. Fasting levels always seem to be the most affected, too. I can have a stressful day, a horrible night of sleep, and wake up 15 points over where I normally am. Then by lunchtime, I'm seeing normal numbers again. Once you start feeling better, I'm sure you'll see better numbers.
    Don't worry about having one day of imperfect numbers. You know you're doing a great job and some factors are just out of our control, as annoying as that is.

  3. furball64801

    It can raise you and has in the past but I tend now to not get upset another area I am working on.

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