Track Your Stress If You Have Diabetes

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Track Your Stress If You Have Diabetes

Stress isn’t good for anyone, but if you have diabetes, you need to pay particular attention to your anxiety levels

No matter what inspires your stress, most people’s bodies react in a similar way. Stress hormones kick in and start increasing sugar levels in the blood to boost the energy available to cells. The body is readying itself for, literally, fight or flight. For individuals who have diabetes, however, this fight-or-flight preparation could be risky.

Excess glucose may collect in their blood. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) explains, “In people with type 2 diabetes, mental stress often raises blood glucose levels. Physical stress, such as illness or injury, causes higher blood glucose levels in people with either type of diabetes.”

If you have diabetes, it’s a good idea to determine how stress affects your glucose levels. The ADA suggests rating your mental stress on a scale of 1 to 10 immediately before you note your glucose level. After a week or so of keeping track of these numbers, look for a pattern.

It’s a good idea to bring these figures to your doctor to discuss how stress affects your glucose control.

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