Stress can cause increased glucose levels.


People with type 2 diabetes will likely have the occasional elevated blood sugar reading. But if high glucose levels continue regularly, this is a concern to be examined.
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Blood sugar readings that are continually increased place a person with type 2 diabetes at risk for nerve damage, eyesight deterioration, and kidney function problems. In addition, a small skin tear on a lower extremity could turn into a slow or nonhealing sore.

Keeping log records of diet, medications, glucose testing results, and exercise is good for diabetes management. But if high glucose levels persist, a further investigation may be necessary to focus on the subject of stress. We are all victims of stress that may be a mental or physical strain affecting a way of life.

  • Lifestyle changes ranging from moving to a new home or a death of a family member or close friend can cause havoc on the body and mind.
  • Unfortunately, our professional and personal lives are not perfect. Everything falling into place does not always happen as fast as one wishes.
  • Any level of illness can cause a slow-down period, not able to perform usual duties, drowsy from over-the-counter medication possibly interfering with prescribed drugs.
  • Financial worries cause a person to take on more responsibility at work, therefore, less personal time.
  • Challenging menstrual cycles can cause terrible mood swings, discomfort, and exhaustion.
  • Mistakes do happen. Possible that even just one medication was not prescribed correctly or is interacting with other prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications.
  • A sleepless night here and there happens to many of us. A continual lack of sleep can add tension to physical and mental status.
  • Not able to coordinate oral medications, insulin, and food intake to a new exercise schedule.

When documenting high glucose levels, include a note about any stress occurring at that time. Writing out problems and examining yourself or sharing them with a close family member or friend is helpful. Holding in troublesome thoughts can be consequently unhealthy.

When preparing for a medical appointment, create a list of questions to ask in addition to your history records. Be truthful with your questions and answers, do not try to guess what the medical provider is thinking or wants to hear. Even if the doctor does not have immediate answers, it will help to have an open discussion with a medical professional. The health professional may find it necessary to refer you to a specialist.

American Association of Diabetes Educators, Cornell, S., Halstenson, C., & Miller, D. K. (2019). The Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference (4th ed.). American Association of Diabetes Educators.

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