Diabetes

Question
Posted by: Caroline | 2017/12/05

Q.

Can stress cause problems with reducing sugar levels?

I was diagnosed with diabetes and was given two different medications to try but neither worked on their own as a result I was put on insulin alongside of my metformin. I'm doing what I am supposed to do foodwise etc but my sugars via finger pricking testing are still too high .I'm under a lot of stress at home as my mum Is terminally ill my diabetic nurse said the stress of this could partly be a contribution to why they are fluctuating high levels .could this be possible as its frustrating

Expert's Reply

A.

Diabetes expert
- 2017/12/07

Hi

Glucose in the blood comes from the things that you eat, as well as your liver. Glucose levels from the liver are influenced by stress, as stress hormones can increase hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, both of which can stimulate your liver to produce increased glucose levels. Stress can therefore increase glucose levels

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