Fastiing Blood Glucose Levels

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 07, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Does anyone know if high anxiety (such as is engendered in anticipating a blood test!!!) can register an elevated fasting blood sugar level of 106? I've been VERY good about staying on the paleo diet for over a year, and other indicators are all good.

I'm thinking maybe getting more sleep might bring it down, but I can't see any more wiggle room in my diet.

Thanx for your response...

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on July 22, 2011
at 03:13 PM

I've also heard that because we're (sometimes) so low-carb our body's glucose levels are higher than you'd think. I think it was Chris Kresser who recommended eating higher carbs 3 days before a blood test to 'normalize' the glucose levels. I don't remember the specifics, but it made sense at the time.



on July 07, 2011
at 09:37 PM

My cat is diabetic, and when she's stressed her blood glucose absolutely SKYROCKETS. Generally this is brought on by going to the vet. Try to Zen out with some relaxation techniques and maybe some favorite music? You can also add in some physical activity to burn some of that excess blood sugar off.



on July 07, 2011
at 09:21 PM

Well, the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline raise blood sugar. If you are stressed mentally it stands to reason that these hormones could be raised which in turn could raise blood sugar. It is interesting to note that we have several blood sugar raising hormones and only one that lowers it - insulin (at least as far as I know).



on July 07, 2011
at 07:48 PM

Stress definitely affects blood glucose levels, my husband is type 2 diabetic and there are times even when he eats perfect that he has trouble keeping it in the low 100's.

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