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Stress And Diabetes

Stress, both physical and mental, can send your blood sugar out of whack. If you have diabetes, try these tips to keep stress under control. WebMD Feature It's hard to dispute that most of us live life at breakneck speed. It's the nature of a fast-paced society, where numerous family, social, and work obligations can easily overpower your precious time and resources. But for people with diabetes, both physical and emotional stress can take a greater toll on health. When you're stressed, your blood sugar levels rise. Stress hormones like epinephrine and cortisol kick in since one of their major functions is to raise blood sugar to help boost energy when it's needed most. Think of the fight-or-flight response. You can't fight danger when your blood sugar is low, so it rises to help meet the challenge. Both physical and emotional stress can prompt an increase in these hormones, resulting in an increase in blood sugars. People who aren't diabetic have compensatory mechanisms to keep blood sugar from swinging out of control. But in people with diabetes, those mechanisms are either lacking or blunted, so they can't keep a lid on blood sugar, says David Sledge, MD, medical director of dia 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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