Is There A Relationship Between Stress And Blood Sugar Levels?
A fellow caregiver asked... My mom, recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, has a tendency to get upset and anxious. Do stress levels have an impact on her blood sugar, and if so, what can I do to help? How can I help her mitigate stress and blood sugar levels? Expert Answers Yes, absolutely. Physical and mental stress can cause blood sugar levels to skyrocket. Some people with type 2 diabetes see their numbers soar 100, 200 points or more under stress. And it's not just "bad" stress like illness, injury, or bankruptcy that can trigger such a response. Don't overlook how "good" stress -- like out-of-town visitors, vacations, retirement, and holidays -- can affect your parent. What can you do to help? First, work with your mother to identify the sources of her stress. Ask her to make a note of stressful events when she records her blood sugar readings. That may help you figure out whether stress is a contributing factor. Chronic stress, such as that caused by ongoing financial worries or the pain of arthritis, may warrant an adjustment to her medications, since long-term stress is particularly taxing to the body. If this is the case, discuss the situation with her doctor. Temporary Continue reading >>