You Told Glu: The Connection between Stress and Diabetes Burnout
Everyone experiences stress from time to time. This is normal and healthy—many scientists consider stress to be physiologically adaptive, when it occurs in moderation. However, coping with a chronic disease, such as type 1 diabetes, requires constant management. Diabetes-related stress can become overwhelming and harmful. Stress can also make it more difficult to manage fluctuations in blood glucose. In fact, being stressed around the time of a meal can actually increase insulin needs, resulting in heightened blood glucose levels.
Different types of stressors can make blood glucose levels swing wildly. Anything that results in increased sympathetic nervous system activity (heightened heart rate and physical arousal) and increased adrenal activity (hormones such as cortisol being released into the bloodstream) can result in in large spikes in blood glucose.
The Glu community discussed different situations that affected their own glucose levels in some interesting comments in our questions of the day. Some of the top things that have an effect on BG were:
“Getting in a fight with my husband makes me go high, must be that fight or flight response.”
“Work stress, in my experience, has been difficult, as I tend to sacrifice my health in order to keep up with expectations at work.”
Sudden startling experiences
“My BG is affected by feelings of fear or being shocked or startled—it shoots up for hours and just hangs there.”
Major life changes, like having a baby
“The only time in my life I have ever forgotten an injection ( Continue reading