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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

How To Be More ‘zen’ When Managing Stress & Blood Sugar Levels

Stress, whether emotional or physical, such as injury, illness or infection can impact on your ability to manage your blood sugar levels. This is because your stress hormones directly affect glucose metabolism. Most individuals with type 2 diabetes will experience an increase in blood glucose levels, when under stress. Managing your condition can prove to be extremely stressful in itself, which can become a major barrier to effective control. The hormones cortisol and adrenaline (epinephrine), are released into the blood stream when you are experiencing stress. These ‘flight or fight’ hormones cause your liver to release stored glycogen and convert it into glucose, or break down protein into glucose, so you are ready to take action. Your body increases your breathing and heart rate and directs blood to the muscles. Once glucose is released into the bloodstream, your body may not be able to handle the additional load, especially if you are also eating carbohydrate laden foods. Glucose will then build up in the bloodstream, elevating blood glucose levels. Couple this with insulin resistant cells and this can create long term problems, both mentally and physically by driving blood Continue reading >>

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  1. ali eletre

    Does stress affect blood sugar levels

    I have high blood presure some times became 180 / 130 .. & I have many stress in may work.. Thinking of ideas for my writing.. Dealing with people.. Many thing makes the high stress.. Does stress affect blood sugar levels for people with diabetes like me ?

  2. beauty416

    I have high blood pressure and it does not affect my blood sugar levels. I have had high blood pressue ever since I was 20 years old. I have only had diabetes for 8 years. The only stress that affects my blood sugar levels is when I get depressed and when I am sick and when I get upset. So the general answer to your question is yes some stress affects your blood sugar but not all stress.

  3. kashmere

    absolutely stress effects your blood sugar level my Dr's. always told me to stay away from stress. I know this is a very difficult thing to do. I have spoken with quite a few people that say Yoga is a really good way to deal with stress and meditation. Good luck

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The Effects Of Stress On Blood Sugar Levels And Diabetes

Do you have a stressful job or life? Are you managing your stress in a healthy way? If not, you could be putting yourself at risk for diabetes type 2. Diabetes Type 2 hinges on levels of blood sugar in the body. Stress can have something to do with that. What is Stress? You may not know the particulars of this condition but I’m sure you know what stress feels like. There are two types of stress. I’m going to talk about bad stress, but I will also define good stress to help clear up any misconceptions. Stress is the body’s reaction to internal or external situations. Good stress is any situation that brings about a positive response in your life. Training for a marathon is a type of good stress. Your body is under stress as it pushes itself further in anticipation of an event where you want to succeed. Good stress doesn’t have the same effects on blood sugar as bad stress does, so that’s where our focus will turn now – to bad stress. Bad stress is any response to situations which lead to negative effects in your body and life. Trauma such as serious losses in your life may lead to bad stress that is difficult to relieve. This bad stress can lead to headaches, poor eating Continue reading >>

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  1. Activity2004

    Here's an article I found on the Glucerna website. It deals with stress and how it can affect one's blood sugars. The website for the article is: glucerna.com/why-glucerna/h...
    It seems to be helpful with comparing the effect of stress on a Type 1 and a Type 2 diabetic. The article will explain about the differences between the two types and what stress can do.

  2. Shashikantiyengar

    Under stress and less sleep my fasting shoots up from an average of 90 to around 102 or so usually

  3. suramo

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    Yes. BP too increases a little but transiently.

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Stress And Blood Sugar Levels: What Diabetics Need To Know

For most people, stress is simply annoying. If you have diabetes, it can be dangerous. That's because your blood sugar levels rise when your stress levels are high. When you're under stress, you may need to take more insulin or other medications to stabilise your blood sugar levels. Being sick or physically injured can do the same. And your response to stress can make things even worse… For example, if you skip meals, eat poorly or neglect exercise, your blood sugar levels may became too high or too low. For everything else you need to know about the effects of stress on your blood sugar levels, read on. If you’re under stress, you may need to take more insulin to correct your blood sugar levels There’s a myth out there that your food choices is the only factor that affects your blood sugar levels. However, there are actually a number of other factors that also play a role, such as stress, says Richard Hellman, MD, former president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He uses the example of a schoolteacher who takes insulin at breakfast and then has a morning meeting with a difficult co-worker. “That person will have, in many cases, a higher than normal Continue reading >>

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    Effects of emotional upset/stress on blood sugar

    It rings true with me. Whenever I have a day where someone has truly upset me or I have struggled and felt very stressed, my blood sugars do go up. Someone upset me a lot last night and my fasting level this morning is the highest ever! I know it is because the stress response releases various hormones, the effects of which can last for hours, the old 'flight or fight' response activates. If this carries on for a long time it really is so bad for us.
    To take steps, today I have increased my exercise because that results in better well-being and calms me, I shall do my meditation CD tonight and be extra careful with diet of course. I will ensure to make time to do nice things for myself today - like quiet reading, which always makes me happy.
    Do you find a direct correlation between being upset and your glucose level? Does this apply to days where you feel down and depressed too I wonder?

  2. snusnuMV

    Stress and illness do raise my blood sugar - not by a tremendous amount, but enough to bother me. Fasting levels always seem to be the most affected, too. I can have a stressful day, a horrible night of sleep, and wake up 15 points over where I normally am. Then by lunchtime, I'm seeing normal numbers again. Once you start feeling better, I'm sure you'll see better numbers.
    Don't worry about having one day of imperfect numbers. You know you're doing a great job and some factors are just out of our control, as annoying as that is.

  3. furball64801

    It can raise you and has in the past but I tend now to not get upset another area I am working on.

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