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Stress And Blood Glucose Levels

When the body is under stress, the adrenal glands trigger the release of glucose stored in various organs, which often leads to elevated levels of glucose in the bloodstream. For people with diabetes, this can be particularly problematic as they find it harder than non-diabetics to regain normal blood glucose levels after a bout of stress. The common misconception with stress is that it is an emotional problem, often disguised as anxiety, worry, or depression. However, the reality is that stress can also be physical, nutritional, and chemical. For example, stress can be experienced as physical pain or illness, and can also be triggered by situations such as an accident, the death of a friend or relative or confrontations with other people. Essentially, stress can be considered as anything that tends to change the control that you have over our body and our emotions The Adrenal Glands The adrenal glands, which site atop the kidneys, are mainly responsible for releasing hormones in response to stress. The hypothalamus area of the brain sends a chemical signal to the adrenal glands, which become enlarged and produce two hormones - epinephrine (also called adrenaline) and norepinephrin Continue reading >>

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  1. earls413

    Can my blood sugar be causing daily headaches?

    Hi, I started having pretty severe headaches and pressure in my right temple in January and saw my Dr. who ran a ton of blood tests as well as an mri and cat scan. My mri was negative my cat scan showed a mucuos retension cyst in my right maxillary sinus, but was told that this would not cause my headaches. I got a second opinion from an ent who said the same thing. I was told though that my c-peptid test and other tests indicated I was now a type 1 diabetic. I was having high blood sugar readings with no changes in my diet but thought they were from me being sick daily with migraines. My endo said he didn't think my migraines were from my blood sugar but I'm not sure he's right. They are worse when I'm high. They gave me maxalt for the onset of migraines and depakote to try to prevent them, neither has been real successful and I've gained 15 lbs in 2 months so I stopped taking the depakote. I don't think they are migraines either I get tension in my right temple, some dizziness, blurred vision, and nausea. Does anyone think these are diabetes related.

  2. furball64801

    When I was high many years ago I did have headaches, all I know for me that when my numbers came down I did started feeling better. I think lowering them slowly helped me, large swings can make you feel like garbage.

  3. earls413

    I feel pretty crappy most days severely fatigued etc, the thing is I'm not as high as I used to be. The tension usually hits around 180 or so but some days my bs is fine all day and I still get them.

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