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Old 10-01-2010, 18:05   #1
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I have seen discussions about stress and high blood sugar many times, on the diabetes sites. My impression is that stress does cause high blood sugar for almost all diabetics. I do know, however, that stress does not have that effect on all diabetics. I have faced many very stressful situations during my 65 years of diabetes, but my blood sugar was not affected. There are many things that can cause my blood sugar level to rise, but stress is not one of them. I am a very relaxed and calm individual and I rarely lose my temper. I think my basic personality keeps my blood sugar stable when I experience stress. This is one of several reasons why I have maintained an A1c below 6.0 for so many years.

Another closely related topic is excitement. I don't think that is a form of stress, what do you think? Excitement can cause my blood sugar to drop. I have to test frequently when I am excited. My Dexcom CGM is especially useful when I am excited. I eat glucose tablets when I experience situations that cause me to become very excited. Do any of you have lows when you are excited?

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I have seen discussions about stress and high blood sugar many times, on the diabetes sites. My impression is that stress does cause high blood sugar for almost all diabetics. I do know, however, that stress does not have that effect on all diabetics. I have faced many very stressful situations during my 65 years of diabetes, but my blood sugar was not affected. There are many things that can cause my blood sugar level to rise, but stress is not one of them. I am a very relaxed and calm individual and I rarely lose my temper. I think my basic personality keeps my blood sugar stable when I experience stress. This is one of several reasons why I have maintained an A1c below 6.0 for so many years.

Another closely related topic is excitement. I don't think that is a form of stress, what do you think? Excitement can cause my blood sugar to drop. I have to test frequently when I am excited. My Dexcom CGM is especially useful when I am excited. I eat glucose tablets when I experience situations that cause me to become very excited. Do any of you have lows when you are excited?
I have never had any changes in blood sugar because of stress or excitement.

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Richard I have had aome serious lows from stress and excitement. For me however it is caused by the increased metabolism that is caused by stress but be cause I have Addisons I don't get the glucose boost caused by increased cortisol. So for me I can explain it. For you it is probably just one of those things that makes you special.

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I get a spike from being stressed. I know when I am at work, if something very stressful is going on, I always have to check my sugar when I get the chance and most of the time I need a small correction. I always figured its my body trying to "help me out" and give me a sugar boost not realizing that I *really* dont need that kind of help

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Yes, stress spikes me

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My Motto
" I don't like problems, so I refuse to have them"
Totally stress free lifestyle.

But I do spike when my body feels any trauma. Sprains, bruises, fevers etc. I feel that my body over corrects itselfs and I rocket to the glucose moon.

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Stress and being in a prolonged state of anxiousness, like the day before Chirstmas for a child, seem to always give me a higher than normal FBS. Or at least that is what I blame it on.

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I think stress makes me more resistant to insulin than a direct "spike." I might notice several readings that are above normal before getting myself down, but I don't usually notice a huge jump from normal to very high. Just something I've noticed in myself.

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It depends on the type of stress. At work when everything is going wrong yes the extra adrenaline rush can bring it up. On days where I have to break up fights, run down the stairs because of it being faster then waiting on a elevator to get to another emergency, and have the people under me acting as if this is the first day working in the correctional center. This type of stress is the same as exercise and will bring numbers up while it is going on, but afterward the numbers drop fast causing low numbers.

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Stress is just plain bad. Not only does it raise blood sugar, but it is said to shorten your life expectancy. Work related stress is not worth the health risks. Explain this to your boss and take a 5-10 minute walk whenever you feel stressed, it can make a world of a difference.

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