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How blood glucose levels change with stress
Stress can affect you and your blood glucose levels in two ways, if you have diabetes.

  • First, you may neglect yourself if you are under stress. You may put off exercise, drink more alcohol, and forget to plan meals and self-monitor blood glucose.
  • Second, stress hormones could also alter your blood glucose levels directly. Scientists have found that if you have Type 1 diabetes, the effects are mixed. Most people's glucose levels go up with mental stress; blood glucose levels in others go down. If you have Type 2 diabetes, mental stress will likely raise your blood glucose levels. Physical stress, such as illness or injury, causes higher blood glucose levels in people with either type of diabetes.

Check stress levels
Before self-monitoring, fix a number scale from 1 to 10 to describe your level of mental stress. After self-monitoring, write down the stress rating next to your glucose level. After a few weeks, look for a pattern. Draw a graph if it helps. Do high stress levels often occur with high glucose levels, and low stress levels with low glucose levels? If so, stress may affect your glucose control.

   
 

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