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Does emotional stress raise blood sugar?

Answered on May 16, 2014
Created May 15, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Does stress raise blood sugar?

Does high blood sugar raise stress?

Is there something that causes stress and high blood sugar?

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Is there no correlation between blood sugar and stress?

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Wow, that is incredible thhq, thanks for the n=1!

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I agree, but it is important to note that it is temporary, not systemically or chronically.

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Thanks for all the references CD, looks like emotional stress Does raise blood glucose, ty.

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Are you talking about stress as in teh human emotion or oxidative stress on cells?

yes: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21052944

no: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6684840

sort of: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6684840

only in certain cases: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15716700

yes: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21076247

yes: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11899027

I would say that stress can raise blood glucose concentrations (most likely in support of the "fight or flight" response), but that it is short lived and not chronic. It does not appear that blood glucose concentration raises stress levels without an external stressor.

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at 04:32 PM

Thanks for all the references CD, looks like emotional stress Does raise blood glucose, ty.

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on May 16, 2014
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I had one very stressful work day last week. My blood glucose generally runs in the 90's or very low 100's after meals, it spiked up to 156 that day. Yikes!

Stress kills.

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on May 16, 2014
at 05:38 AM

Both physical and mental stress can increase your blood sugar at high level. Hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine, which are also known as stress hormones, kick in whose major function is increasing or raising blood sugar, which raises energy. Both emotional and physical stress thus prompts to increase in these hormones, which give rise to blood sugar level.

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True N=1 story.

About a month after being diagnosed T2 diabetic I had my one and only visit to a nutritionist. I was monitoring my blood sugar closely and was testing 100's before the visit. During the visit I was nervous and excited, and ran a test of 200. Granted my insulin sensitivity was low, but I had raised my blood sugar by 100 points solely through stress.

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at 11:54 PM

Wow, that is incredible thhq, thanks for the n=1!

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