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When you experience stress, your body produces stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol that are meant to raise blood sugar. Usually talked about as a “fight or flight” response, these hormones are meant to give you the energy you would need in dangerous situations. The elevation of such hormones over a period of time, however, can impact your health in the form of weight gain, changes in women’s menstrual cycles and libido, as well as high blood pressure.
These hormones affect people with diabetes in two main ways.
Stress is a big player in our lives today. From stress at work to home life, final exams, relationships, illness, death in the family, financial security—the list is endless when it comes to the causes of stress we encounter on a daily basis.
Too much stress can impact our daily lives, relationships, jobs and health. If you have diabetes, believe it or not, stress can impact your blood sugar levels, too.
So, you ask, ‘how do I learn to manage this and work with the stressors in my life’?
Well, here are a few recommendations:
Being cognizant of your blood sugars is necessary and although a finger *** can be a literal pain, it’s better to know your glucose numbers than being left in the dark about them.
Stress may be a part of our everyday lives, but if we learn to manage it and understand the effects that it may have, we’ll be better educated to care for ourselves. Have questions? Leave them in the comments!
Originally published May 13, 2017; Revised 2018
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