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Can Stress And Anxiety Cause High Blood Sugar?

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How To Recognize High Cortisol Symptoms

The crippling effects of high cortisol symptoms are extremely common but all-too-often ignored. Cortisol is a vital hormone produced and secreted by the adrenal glands. It is released in a rhythmic fashion, with levels peaking in the morning (to help wake you up) and steadily declining throughout the remainder of the day. What Is Cortisol? Cortisol maintains steady blood sugar levels and helps provide energy to your actively functioning brain and neuromuscular system. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory hormone; it prevents the widespread tissue and nerve damage associated with inflammation. Cortisol is also a key player in the stress response. Levels surge in response to physical or psychological threats to provide the energy necessary to cope with stressors or escape from danger. However, although a stress-induced increase in cortisol secretion is beneficial in the short-term, excessive or prolonged cortisol secretion may lead to high cortisol symptoms. The symptoms of high cortisol can have serious effects on both your body and your mind. (See our post “Yes, You Need to Lower Cortisol Levels.”) High Cortisol Symptoms The symptoms of too much cortisol develop gradually and Continue reading >>

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  1. colby88

    I've had anxiety for the past 20+ yrs. I recently had a check-up at my Dr.'s and he did some routine blood tests. All of them came back normal with the exception of my fasting blood glucose level. My level was 107 and the pre-diabetes range is 100-125.
    I fit none of the criteria for diabetes and am very concerned about this result.
    I'm not overweight, I exercise daily, eat a healthy diet, and have always been athletic (completed 3 marathons) etc...
    Since the result came back I've buttoned up my diet even more this past week and am waiting to hear what my Dr. says.
    I did some research into anxiety and blood glucose levels and there is lots of info. out there to read. Could my over reactive "fight or flight" response as a result of anxiety be causing this?
    Any ideas from others who may be experiencing the same readings would be helpful.
    Thanks!

  2. GregP

    The same thing recently happened to me. I was very anxious leading up to the blood test, and almost left before they called me in. I even told the lady to hurry while she was drawing my blood. My doctor's office called a few days later, and said my blood glucose was extremely high, at a nearly diabetic level. I had a doctor's appoinment a week later, and he said that he could not understand why the blood glucose was so high that day, so he ordered an A1c test, which showed that my glocose level was normal the preceeding 3 months. I do believe that my stress/anxiety level was the cause of the high reading. I also run, eat well, etc. Reading about your experience helps me to know that I am not the only one. Take care.

  3. colby88

    Thanks for your reply Greg. I'm curious if you did a fasting glucose test first and that was high or a random glucose test prior to actually having the A1c test?
    I haven't heard back from my Dr. yet but I was thinking of suggesting to him that I also have the A1c test done to see the average glucose level of the past 3 months. I felt anxious at the lab when I had blood drawn because I was running late for another Dr. appt. The needle thing doesn't bother me but even so, I don't think it should affect the results that dramatically.
    My fasting glucose has always been in the low 90's which isn't perfect but still within the normal range. Now at 107 I'm concerned!

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In this video I discuss what is stress, why is stress bad, and what causes stress. I also cover how stress is bad, how to deal with stress, and stress management. Transcript What is stress? Whats up dudes, and whats up ladies, Bryan here and in this video we are going to look at stress. What is it, what causes it, and what can we do about it? So, Lets roll. Stress hormones Stress is your body's way of reacting to any kind of demand or threat. When the body feels stress, your hypothalamus, a tiny region in your brain, signals your adrenal glands, located atop your kidneys, to release a surge of hormones, which include adrenaline and cortisol, into the bloodstream. As these hormones are released, the liver is triggered to produce more blood sugar, which gives you an energy kick, breathing becomes more rapid, and heart beat and blood pressure rise. If the stress is caused by physical danger, these chemicals can be beneficial, as they give you more energy and strength, and also speed up your reaction time and enhance your focus. But, if the stress is caused by something emotional, it can be harmful, because there is no outlet for this extra energy and strength. Once the source of the s

Stress And Your Kidneys

We all experience stress. It’s part of life. But too much stress can contribute to poor health, increasing our blood pressure and damaging our kidneys. By learning how stress impacts our health and finding ways to manage it, we can keep our kidneys healthier and live a healthier life overall. What is stress? Stress is anything that can upset or disturb your equilibrium or balance. Stress can be physiological (infection, injury, disease), or psychological (anxiety, argument, conflict, threats to personal safety or well-being). Living with a chronic illness, such as kidney disease, or learning for the first time that you have a chronic illness can be a significant source of stress. Psychological stress is something that we contend with every day. It can be a result of positive life events, such as marriage and children, or it can come from more emotionally challenging events, such as the loss of a loved one, divorce and personal or financial problems. Stress is normal, and your physical response to stress, including faster breathing and heart rate, a spike in blood pressure, dilated pupils, tense muscles, is a natural and normal process. The levels of fats and sugars in your blood Continue reading >>

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  1. MarieA

    Can non-diabetics have days of high numbers?

    HI Everyone-
    I have not been diagnosed with anything, but have been on and off monitoring my numbers over the past 9 months. On a regular test I had a fasting of 91. My dr wasn't concerned but I had read that normal was 83. I have health anxiety so I went out and bought a glucose meter. I started testing and everything seemed normal (except my fasting was typically around 90-91. My 1 hour and 2 hours were pretty good. For some reason I picked up the meter again and started testing and was getting some very large spikes at 1 hour. Not every time, but sometimes. It was usually after lunch (which is my first meal normally) and I was very very anxious testing at one hour for some reason. Once or twice I saw the number get as high as 175. By two hours I was always back around 100. I went to my dr in a panic and she felt that my anxiety was causing my 1 hr numbers to be high. I will admit that a few times I have not been meaning to test and I realize I ate 1 hour ago and I decide right then and there to test. My numbers at those times were much better....i hadn't had the build up of anxiety. ANyway I asked for a 1 hr oral glucose test and an hbaic. I passed the 1 hr test, but my number was 134. To me that is high but I do admit as much as I tried to stay calm I was anxious. My AIC was 5.1.
    I check from time to time and I have had some very disturbing numbers the past week. I keep reading that illness and lack of sleep can affect numbers. Is this true in non-diabetics also, or just diabetics? I took my fasting the other day. It was about 10am and I hadn't eaten since the night before. I had just finished vacuuming the house so my heart rate was up. It was 101/102 (took it twice) I was worried and I took it 10 minutes later and it was 107. 5 minutes later it was 110. It actually came down after I ate something.
    The next morning my numbers were 98/99
    Next day 97
    Today I got up and it was 107/105. Eeks! I went back to bed and freaked out to my husband for 10 minutes, went and took it again and it was 94/94??? I don't understand?
    However, i don't think I am sick, but I am in the middle of a horrible allergy problem. Since the first day of high numbers I have had a horrible sore throat, headache, and feel like my head is going to explode. I feel like I have a bad cold, but I know it is allergies as it happens every time the wind picks up here (which it did last week) I have also been dealing with a teething baby this past week and was up in the middle of the night for about 40 minutes with her. She woke up at 7am this morning, but with the time change a few days ago, my body still felt like it was 6am...and the allergies and lack of sleep didn't help.
    I have tested my post meal numbers the past couple days at lunch. Each meal had about 50g of carbs, but also had a good amt of protein. My 1 hrs were 101/114 and my two hours were both under 100. So those seem fine.
    I guess my question is- can not feeling well and lack of sleep affect someone with normal glucose tolerance to the point where I would be getting readings in the prediabetic levels a couple mornings? Or do these things only raise blood sugar in people who have glucose issues? And why would my glucose drop from 107 to 94 this morning in 10 minutes. Should I stop testing until I feel better?
    Sorry for the super long post but I would love some insight. As I said, I have pretty bad health anxiety so I get very nervous about these things. BTW- all other numbers on my blood test are good. High HDL, low LDL, triglycerides 43, BMI 18.5. I'm vegetarian so I probably eat a lot of carbs, but I eat very healthy food most of the time. Thanks in advance!

  2. furball64801

    You may drive yourself nuts worrying over a number. My suggestion is eat 3 meals a day, lower the carb intake and get out and walk. And the term healthy food means a total different thing to anyone dealing with blood sugar numbers. Carbs turn to sugar so you may have to eat more veggies and less of a few other things. None of those numbers can damage you but it might play with your anxiety that you have.

  3. gap2368

    what fur said is very good advice try not to worry to much it is not good for you to worry so much

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Managing Stress To Control High Blood Pressure

In today’s fast-paced world filled with increasing demands, stress management is a life skill and a lifesaver. It’s also important to note that while the link between stress and high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) is still being studied, stress is known to contribute to risk factors like a poor diet and excessive alcohol consumption. How stress affects your health In addition to the emotional discomfort we feel when faced with a stressful situation, our bodies react by releasing stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) into the blood. These hormones prepare the body for the “fight or flight” response by making the heart beat faster and constricting blood vessels to get more blood to the core of the body instead of the extremities. Constriction of blood vessels and increase in heart rate does raise blood pressure, but only temporarily — when the stress reaction goes away, blood pressure returns to its pre-stress level. This is called situational stress, and its effects are generally short-lived and disappear when the stressful event is over. “Fight or flight” is a valuable response when we are faced with an imminent threat that we can handle by confronting or fl Continue reading >>

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  1. colby88

    I've had anxiety for the past 20+ yrs. I recently had a check-up at my Dr.'s and he did some routine blood tests. All of them came back normal with the exception of my fasting blood glucose level. My level was 107 and the pre-diabetes range is 100-125.
    I fit none of the criteria for diabetes and am very concerned about this result.
    I'm not overweight, I exercise daily, eat a healthy diet, and have always been athletic (completed 3 marathons) etc...
    Since the result came back I've buttoned up my diet even more this past week and am waiting to hear what my Dr. says.
    I did some research into anxiety and blood glucose levels and there is lots of info. out there to read. Could my over reactive "fight or flight" response as a result of anxiety be causing this?
    Any ideas from others who may be experiencing the same readings would be helpful.
    Thanks!

  2. GregP

    The same thing recently happened to me. I was very anxious leading up to the blood test, and almost left before they called me in. I even told the lady to hurry while she was drawing my blood. My doctor's office called a few days later, and said my blood glucose was extremely high, at a nearly diabetic level. I had a doctor's appoinment a week later, and he said that he could not understand why the blood glucose was so high that day, so he ordered an A1c test, which showed that my glocose level was normal the preceeding 3 months. I do believe that my stress/anxiety level was the cause of the high reading. I also run, eat well, etc. Reading about your experience helps me to know that I am not the only one. Take care.

  3. colby88

    Thanks for your reply Greg. I'm curious if you did a fasting glucose test first and that was high or a random glucose test prior to actually having the A1c test?
    I haven't heard back from my Dr. yet but I was thinking of suggesting to him that I also have the A1c test done to see the average glucose level of the past 3 months. I felt anxious at the lab when I had blood drawn because I was running late for another Dr. appt. The needle thing doesn't bother me but even so, I don't think it should affect the results that dramatically.
    My fasting glucose has always been in the low 90's which isn't perfect but still within the normal range. Now at 107 I'm concerned!

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