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Stress: How It Affects Diabetes and How to Decrease It (An Article)

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This article is originally published/posted on and was medically reviewed by Debra Sullivan, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., CNE, COI — Written by Jennifer Purdie — Updated on May 29, 2020. It explains the different types of stress and how stress can affect people with Diabetes. It also explains how depression, Diabetes and stress are connected to each other. Please see:

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"Stress can make it more difficult to control your diabetes as it may throw off your daily routine and can result in wear and tear on your body. Hormones from stress increase your blood pressure, raise your heart rate, and can cause blood sugar to rise. High blood sugar can make you feel down or tired."(1)

"Chronic stress means chronically elevated blood glucose, and consequently, a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. By focusing on lowering your stress levels, you can reverse its effects on your blood sugar and insulin sensitivity."(2)

"When you have type 2 diabetes, stress may make your blood sugar go up and become more difficult to control – and you may need to take higher doses of your diabetes medications or insulin. During times of stress, individuals with diabetes, may have more difficulty controlling their blood sugars."(3)





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Activity2004Administrator in reply to gangadharan_nair

Thank you for sharing the links. These are very interesting and have great information dealing with stress and Diabetes.

Ergo, people that have diabetes are less able to cope with stress, and have more stress to cope with.

They should concentrate on what they can control; lowering insulin levels by reducing carbohydrate intake (and to some extent protein intake), thus improving insulin sensitivity, glucose responses, and responses to stress.

Stress and pain caused my sugar levels to rise up.

How much carbohydrate do you eat each day?

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Bifield34

Yes, stress and physical pain can cause some people to have blood sugars go up or down. When I have some stress or a pain/illness, the blood sugars tend to go all over the place and I have to try and get the numbers back to a normal range.

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