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stress as a factor in diabetes complications

Discussion in 'Diabetes Soapbox - Have Your Say' started by miss miss, Jun 4, 2020.

  1. miss miss

    miss miss Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    who else finds that stress is a major factor in how their diabetes control works or fails?

    anything from snide remarks to really bad situations can be so harmful - dont you agree

    for example - people eat one piece of chicken and the chips and the gravy and the 3 types of veggie and the dressing on their salad and that is fine, but god forbid the carb counting diabetic who cannot have any of those additions to their meal and so resorts to having an extra piece of chicken or two instead - you are made to feel like you are a gluttonous pig, even when you explain it and show the calorie count of the food and it works out that the judgmental person is actually consuming more calories than the poor diabetic taking those extra 2 chicken drumsticks they still look on the poor diabetic judgmentally and it hurts emotionally for people to be so judgmental and it adds to stress load and so leads to worse diabetic control of blood glucose

    I had this happen with the mother-in-law and ended up not eating at all during the day and then gorging myself in the middle of the night when she was asleep. the woman was counting even the droplets of water I drank or did not drink when she was a guest in my house and of course it was none of her business and I should not have fallen for creating a bad situation for my health because of her snide remarks, but I did and since then I have banned her from my life- too harmful for my health

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  2. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I do not count calories, but I keep a rough count on the amount of carbohydrates I eat.
     
  3. LaoDan

    LaoDan Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes! mother-in-laws can indeed be bad for BG levels! Mine came to visit last December and is stuck here since the virus.

    When I start getting the look, I start chewing with my mouth open, I’ll proceed to ask her if she is going to eat that chicken wing on her plate, as a result my cortisol levels come right down after dinner, instead of all night holding in anger :)
     
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  4. miss miss

    miss miss Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    yes i should not have let her spiteful ways influence my health like I did

    we are always wiser after the fact
     
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    Tophat1900 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like you did the right thing in your situation, @miss miss
     
  6. miss miss

    miss miss Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    you mean that her taking healthy bananas from my 3 year old child and giving him a cup soup processed food instead, and telling me off for encouraging my 3 year old to eat cucumbers instead of lollies and the way she was teaching my kids to lie to me, and the way that her home is so infested with cockroaches that they bite her in bed and crawl over her face and so i could not trust my 3 year old to stay at her home overnight in case he got bitten at night by cockroaches crawling all over his face too...and her home is always so neat it seems ready for a home beautiful magazine photo shoot.

    I certainly dont need the stress of trying to fight her

    oh and the father in law did not believe in holding my 3 year old's hand on the street and my child ran out in traffic and almost got killed

    so anyone else out there with toxic in-laws - please dont feel guilty if you need to cut ties for your own health's sake
     
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  7. jenrose

    jenrose Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I find stress whatever the cause is a cause of not managing your diabetes properly.
     
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  8. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Toxic people, whatever their relation, you are better off without. (And your 3 year old is better off without them too!)
     
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  9. miss miss

    miss miss Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    it helps a lot to get another persons input about these matters because when you are in the middle of it sometimes you cannot see the forest for the trees. than you for the feedback
     
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  10. purplepoppy

    purplepoppy Type 2 · Newbie

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    Yes. I am convinced that stress is a factor in diabetes complications. I have been Type 2 for at least 20 years and I have several complications. In January I was called for a PIP assessment, even though I told them this would be an extremely stressful situation for me. They ignored this. My GP ignored my request for support. I had to go but was so stressed that I was unable to eat for five days prior. I cried all the way through the assessment and could not bring myself to look at the assessor (he said he was a paramedic!!!). However, his report said I engaged normally and had no problem talking to him. There were also several other lies. No wonder these sham assessments cause so much stress. Afterwards, I became very ill and I began to notice what I presume is nerve damage in my hands. I already have this in my feet. This has become worse and all started when I was under the most severe stress.
     
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    brookj Prediabetes · Member

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    brookj Prediabetes · Member

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    I think anything that ups your stress level can cause you to go for a food splurge. I have to track mine or I end up in trouble. I think you should explain to her what you are trying to do and that you are not allowed starchy carbs for your health. Say how important your doctor says it is and ask for her support. If she the criticises say it's on my diet plan to shut her up.
     
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    Parisemo Type 1 · Active Member

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    I find when I am stressed my blood sugar levels drop
     
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    Parisemo Type 1 · Active Member

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    Zilsniggy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Any kind of stress ups cortisol levels. This in turn raises blood sugar. It's normal physiological response in the body. Part of the fight or flight mechanism.
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  16. Zilsniggy

    Zilsniggy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Think that's a common reaction in T1s, with T2s some BS drop(not many). The normal reaction to stress will be a rise in blood sugar.
     
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    Stress is definitely something I am struggling with and I am finding that often, my medical care team are making me more stressed. I am often given conflicting information by the nurses and doctors, and am always amazed when they ask me why I am doing something - and when I tell them that the other party advised that they shake their heads. It really is stressing me out and my diabetes control is up and down.
     
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    LessiePMcCord · Member

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    Everyone knows that stress negatively affects human health. So I do everything I can to avoid it.
     
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