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What are the aspects of stress causing blood sugar spikes and declines?

What are the aspects of stress causing blood sugar spikes and declines?

Insulin resistance: Stress hormones (cortisol) can make your Insulin less efficient, and if high over the long run, can contribute to obesity, which also makes Insulin less effective. When Insulin doesn't work as well, sugars can rise. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What type of bread is less likely to cause blood sugar spikes?

What type of bread is less likely to cause blood sugar spikes?

Whole Grain: Compared to white flour, whole grains take longer for the stomach & intestines to break down into sugar, and so the sugar is absorbed more gradually into the blood stream and is less likely to cause a spike. A 15 gram whole grain slice will put just as much sugar into the blood as a 15 gm slice of white bread, but spread out over a longer period of time, and so requires lower Insulin levels. ...Read more

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Is there a weight loss shake dairy free recommend - stress, blood sugar, age has caused me to have problems losing weight?

Is there a weight loss shake dairy free recommend - stress, blood sugar, age has caused me to have problems losing weight?

Yes: There are many options for meal replacement/supplementation. Key elements to look for in a dietary meal replacement would be 1) a balance of protein to carbohydrate - look for a better than 1:3 ratio 2) quality ingredients (many are soy or whey based - you would look for soy to avoid dairy. There are many brands so you many want to sample a few. Consider some research into the glycemic index. ...Read more

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What leads to blood sugar spikes in diabetics at night?

What leads to blood sugar spikes in diabetics at night?

Many things: Hi. What type of diabetes, what do you eat before going to bed, what diabetes drugs you're taking? Need a little more info. Good luck! ...Read more

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Please suggest what food leads to the worst and/or most immediate blood sugar spikes?

Please suggest what food leads to the worst and/or most immediate blood sugar spikes?

High-glycemic index: Low-glycemic index foods (less than 55) produce a gradual rise in blood sugar levels that's easy on the body. Foods with high-glycemic index numbers (more than 70) make blood sugar levels as well as Insulin levels spike fast. You can determine what foods are high or low at: www.Glycemicindex.Com. ...Read more

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Is it normal to experience weird blood sugar spikes while taking cytomel (liothyronine)?

Is it normal to experience weird blood sugar spikes while taking cytomel (liothyronine)?

No: I hardly remember a single case where thyroxine (or Cytomel (liothyronine) for that matter) is having any impact on blood sugar levels. If the reason in taking Cytomel (liothyronine) is autoimmune thyroiditis, then theoretically there is a risk of developing auto inflammation in the pancreas (about 10-15% of type i diabetics will develop autoimmune thyroiditis). Please discuss this with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Aren't we diabetics supposed to count carbohydrates faithfully to prevent blood sugar spikes?

Aren't we diabetics supposed to count carbohydrates faithfully to prevent blood sugar spikes?

That's only part : Counting carbs is useful, but understanding the type of carb is necessary. Assuming Insulin given in right dose and time taken, the simpler the carb, the more likely the sugar will spike because Insulin will not peak soon enough for a concentrated sweet, for example. Best to avoid. Bolus delivery variations on pumps can be helpful in terms of spreading out the Insulin depending on what's eaten. ...Read more

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My blood sugar spikes MUCH more if I just sit around after eating vs. being active after a meal. Is this expected?

My blood sugar spikes MUCH more if I just sit around after eating vs. being active after a meal.  Is this expected?

Yes: Exercise improves sensitivity to insulin. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Can stress affect blood sugar levels?

It can make: It slightly higher for a short period of time. Over the long run, however, stress makes you pay less attention to your diet and exercise and medication regimen -- often leading to weight gain and higher sugars. ...Read more

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What should my blood glucose/ blood sugar be at?

70-99mg/dl fasting: Normal blood sugars are between 70-100mg/dl when you are in a fasting state (at least 8hrs). Diabetes is present when the number hits 126mg/dl in the fasting state. When the sugars fall in between these ranges (100-125), this would be considered impaired fasting glucose or pre-diabetes (borderline diabetes). ...Read more

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Will 4 grams of sugar affect fasting blood glucose?

Do you have diabetes: If you have diabetes the more sugar you take the higher your blood sugar is likely to be. If you don't have diabetes it is likely that 4 grams of sugar won't affect your diabetes. Why are you taking 4 grams of sugar? Are you really weighing it? ...Read more

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What effect do anxiety and stress have on blood sugar?

What effect do anxiety and stress have on blood sugar?

Cortisol: levels are increased in stressful, anxiety-producing, fight-or-flight situations. Under stressful conditions, cortisol provides the body with glucose by tapping into protein stores via gluconeogenesis in the liver. This energy can help an individual fight or flee a stressor. However, elevated cortisol over the long term consistently produces glucose, leading to increased blood sugar levels. ...Read more

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Male 57, could stress increase blood sugar drastically?

No: Stress can increase sugar only slightly. It does, however, tend to worsen your compliance with your overall diabetes regimen, increase your food intake, etc.; all of which can worsen your blood sugar even more. ...Read more

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How drastically can stress affect your bodies ability to process blood sugar at the time of the stress?

How drastically can stress affect your bodies ability to process blood sugar at the time of the stress?

Stress & blood sugar: Hi, it depends if u have diabetes or not, in case of stress some hormones like Epinephrine & cortisol go up and that increases the blood sugar, this is part of fight & flight response, in normal people there are compensatory mechanisms that moderate the blood sugar but in ppl with Diabetes these mechanisms are impaired, the larger the stress the larger the stress response & higher blood sugar. ...Read more

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Does stress increase blood sugar or decrease it? What about also Exercising does it decrease or increase it?

Does stress increase blood sugar or decrease it? What about also Exercising does it decrease or increase it?

Good question!: Stress raises your body's cortisol level, which raises your blood sugar, if your mechanisms are intact. Exercise should lower your blood sugar to a degree by increasing metabolic demand. ...Read more

Blood Sugar (Definition)

The blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood of a human or animal. The body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's cells, and blood lipids (in the form of fats and oils) are primarily ...Read more