Stress and Diabetes

by mratner

Great advice for keeping stress levels low and how high stress levels raise our blood sugar.

The Little Lady's Kitchen

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When you’re stressed, your blood sugar levels rise. Stress hormones like epinephrine and cortisol kick in since one of their major functions is to raise blood sugar to help boost energy when it’s needed most. Think of the fight-or-flight response. You can’t fight danger when your blood sugar is low, so it rises to help meet the challenge. Both physical and emotional stress can prompt an increase in these hormones, resulting in an increase in blood sugars.

Things that can help

  • Exercise
  • Relaxation
  • Positive Mental Attitude
  • Support Systems
  • Keeping Balance

 

Avoid Unnecessary Stress

Here is a list I found on HelpGuide.org of stressors in your life that you can eliminate.

  • Learn how to say “no” – Know your limits and stick to them. Whether in your personal or professional life, refuse to accept added responsibilities when you’re close to reaching them. Taking on more than you can handle is…

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