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What Are The Aspects Of Stress Causing Blood Sugar Spikes And Declines
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does stress increase blood sugar or decrease it? What about also Exercising does it decrease or increase it?
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
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