What causes bg levels to go up? Of course, I know that consuming sugar raises your levels and I read in another thread that pain can raise them. My mom told me being upset can raise them, like when I tested after the visitation of a friend who passed away. I'm guessing that stress would affect them as well. My skin tends to get pretty dry and I love lotions. I don't use it as oftne as I should. Will lotions raise my bg levels if I wash my hands well or use alcohol swabs prior to testing? I know I have plenty of other questions, I just can't think of them right now. Thanks for being so patient with all us newbies!