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Can Stress And Anxiety Raise Blood Sugar Levels?

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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

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 >>

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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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Things That Can Affect Blood Glucose In Pets

You’ve studied the disease. You’ve purchased a glucose meter. You altered your schedule to ensure someone is home every 12 hours to give your diabetic pet insulin. And you run periodic glucose curves. A surprising perception of some diabetic pet owners is that the pet’s blood glucose is the same day to day. It isn’t! Little things that we don’t necessarily consider can affect the blood glucose. This is why we like consistency in a diabetic pet’s routine. Today I thought I’d mention 3 big factors that can affect blood glucose. Exercise Whether you are diabetic or not, physical activity can lower blood glucose levels. Increased exercise burns through calories and glucose. This is why we feel hungry after strenuous exercise. If you decide to take your diabetic dog for a hike, I’m sure you will remember to bring water. If this walk is more exercise than you and your dog usually tackle, do also pack your glucose meter and some treats in case your sweetie becomes hypoglycemic. Exercise is a wonderful thing for a diabetic pet, but be sure to pack snacks in case of low blood sugar levels. Stress Anxiety or emotional stress can increase the blood glucose. It’s the old ‘f Continue reading >>

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  1. svengali35

    Does stress increase blood glucose levels?

    I just woke up and tested my Blood Glucose levels and I was shocked to get a 417. Monday the 5th was the beginning of the "official" banking year so I literally worked from 8am until 3am last evening at a very fast and never ending pace. I didn't eat my usual meals as I couldn't break away from the office but did snack on some fresh almonds and had a healthy supper. In other words besides the regular meals the only difference was the HUGE amount of stress. On an average day I would have woken up between 100 and 175 but today was indeed a shocker. Could this unusually high reading be caused by the stress? I checked it twice with the second reading being only a few points lower.. so essentially they were the same.

  2. dyanne

    It can be the stress but also not getting the proper amount of sleep can also add to high sugar. It sounds like maybe you didnt get to sleep like you are used to…
    good luck dyanne

  3. sexyswamprat

    I am really good about everything I eat so when I have high bs it is usually do to stress, depression, or anxiety. But I have learned to control the stress and anxiety and I am on meds for my depression( more so since I had surgery). I am proud to say that high bs readings are extremely rare for me.

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Can Stress Cause High Blood Sugar In Non Diabetics

Stress within your comfort zone is a good thing – for instances, it is required when you need to do your best or keep you alert when danger looms! But the problem comes when it becomes overwhelming and you lose control on it. For such case, it can carry some health risks. Can also it cause high blood sugar levels in non diabetics? Understanding stress in general Stress is actually the natural mechanism of the body to respond any demand or even threat. For example, the body can release stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline when you feel threatened. You breath more quickly, muscles tighten, heart beats faster, and blood pressure increases. As a result you have increased stamina, strength, focus, and speed – making you ready for emergency action! It is also important to help you rise to get your goal and meet challenges. You need it to keep focus during a presentation at work, drive your concentration for study, or sharpen your skill when playing a sport. So stress is not always bad. Again it can give a number of benefits when working properly! But beyond this comfort zone, it is also linked to a number of many different conditions. When it doesn’t work as well as it s Continue reading >>

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  1. svengali35

    Does stress increase blood glucose levels?

    I just woke up and tested my Blood Glucose levels and I was shocked to get a 417. Monday the 5th was the beginning of the "official" banking year so I literally worked from 8am until 3am last evening at a very fast and never ending pace. I didn't eat my usual meals as I couldn't break away from the office but did snack on some fresh almonds and had a healthy supper. In other words besides the regular meals the only difference was the HUGE amount of stress. On an average day I would have woken up between 100 and 175 but today was indeed a shocker. Could this unusually high reading be caused by the stress? I checked it twice with the second reading being only a few points lower.. so essentially they were the same.

  2. dyanne

    It can be the stress but also not getting the proper amount of sleep can also add to high sugar. It sounds like maybe you didnt get to sleep like you are used to…
    good luck dyanne

  3. sexyswamprat

    I am really good about everything I eat so when I have high bs it is usually do to stress, depression, or anxiety. But I have learned to control the stress and anxiety and I am on meds for my depression( more so since I had surgery). I am proud to say that high bs readings are extremely rare for me.

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