Stress and Blood Glucose Levels
Two types of stress can change blood glucose levels:
Each type of stress affects blood glucose levels differently. Physical stress generally causes blood glucose levels to increase.
Physical stress includes:
Mental or emotional stress has mixed effects, depending on the type of diabetes you have:
Stress can also affect your blood glucose levels indirectly. Stress might cause you to forget about the regular routine of your diabetes care plan that helps you control your blood glucose levels. For example, when you are "stressed out," you may:
Mental Stress Can Affect Your Blood Glucose Levels
Use your diabetes log to discover if mental stress affects your blood glucose levels. This may be especially important if you have type 2 diabetes. Some people with type 2 are quite sensitive to stress. Stress can cause the body to produce especially high levels of stress hormones, which can drive blood glucose levels up. To know if your blood glucose levels are affected by mental stress:
Reducing Mental Stress
Reducing stress is not a trivial task, but it can be done.