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When you have
diabetes, stress can cause your blood glucose levels
to change rapidly and unexpectedly.
Stress can affect your body's
blood glucose levels in two ways.
Stress can be mental or physical. Each type of stress causes
a similar chemical reaction in your body. For some people with diabetes,
exercising can offer enough stress release that they do not need to take other
steps. But other people need to try additional ways of managing their
Many people have
difficulty controlling emotional stress, which can be brought on by many
situations, such as a fight with a loved one, taking care of an aging parent,
worrying about the future, or a difficult job situation.
coping strategies that allow you to control how "stressed out" you get. This
can be accomplished in many ways.
Whatever your preferred method for controlling emotional
stress, it may be helpful to seek the advice of professionals. Mental health
professionals, including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, licensed
counselors, and social workers, can help you recognize the unhealthy ways that
you deal with emotional stress and help you develop more constructive
You cannot always avoid
physical stress. At some point you are likely to be ill or experience some type
of injury. In these cases, it is very important to either seek medical
attention or monitor your condition closely. You should also take care not to
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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