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Old 11-21-2013, 21:24   #1
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hi
does anyone have proof
in the numbers from their tests
that stress can make them higher?

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Old 11-21-2013, 21:41   #2
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hi
does anyone have proof
in the numbers from their tests
that stress can make them higher?

Only sudden stress or trauma can truly make you go higher.

My blood sugar is generally on the low side of normal.. generally under 100, usually much lower. But, this one day, and I can't remember why, I got SO angry. I mean, skip red and go right to white... the whites of the other person's eyes, if you know what I mean.

I rarely get actually angry, and I can't remember what happened, but when I tested my blood sugar, it was 135!!! I had to test a few more times just to be sure, and sure enough...!! Ha! That hasn't happened since, but it certainly was interesting... for me, anyway. Not sure about the other person.

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One evening about 2 weeks ago I was taking the end piece of a liver wurst package - plastic with a metal ring on the end - to the kitchen bin when I dropped it on the floor. Quick as a flash the smallest puppy gobbled it up! Knowing that the metal ring would not pass through puppy's stomach (never mind thoughts of the plastic getting stuck in his intestines) I went into panic mode. Nothing the Vet suggested would make him vomit so Vet suggested I go to bed and bring him in the next morning.

I was so upset, shaky and felt my blood pressure must be going through the roof. I love this dog to bits and the thought that he may need surgery etc had me in a flat spin. I tested my bgl before bed - it was 7.2 (130). My readings rarely reach 5.5 (100) so I would say yes, sudden stress can raise blood sugar levels.

Outcome of story - puppy spewed up the bag with attached ring at 3am the next morning and blissfully went back to sleep - took a while but so did I!!

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can daily ongoing stress cause
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i'm glad the dog was ok.

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can daily ongoing stress cause higher readings? i'm glad the dog was ok.
No, not generally. But if the stress is due to sickness, like flu or infection, it can raise your blood sugar a bit. Some medication can also raise blood sugar, such as steroids.

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i'm glad to hear all this guys
I was wondering if stress was
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I've often wondered about this myself but I still haven't bought myself a meter ($1700 in vet bills recently plus a root canal for myself and nothing spare grrrrrr).

I work in an extremely stressful environment (think 911 - USA/000 Aust, not exactly but similar ) and at least once a shift I'll have a surge of adrenaline coursing through my body because of having to make on the spot decisions that could be a matter of life or death including having to listen to people on the phone/radio being beaten up, hysterically crying etc.

I'm sure this constant stress isn't doing my BG any favours.

PS Freyagirl I'm so glad your little puppy was OK!

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DLC go to Abbot Diabetes Care (Aust) on line and they will send you a free meter - you may have to fib a bit and say that you are Type 2 instead of pre.

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I read somewhere--can't remember and can't find--that adrenaline will cause bs rises. So, if the emotional stress is enough to send up the blood pressure, etc., it would logically follow that the bs would rise, too. I, too, am glad the puppy didn't do permanent damage to himself or you, Freya.

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When you are stressed (mental or physical) a lot of the hormone cortisol is released. This causes the BG to rise. How much ? Is different from person to person. A lot of testing over a period of time & varying situations will get you to the correct answer.

Emotionally & mentally, all of us are always stressed to some degree, so unless the stress is really traumatic, it shouldn't make much of a difference IMO.

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