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Stress reaction high sugar

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by megan, Aug 22, 2020.

  1. megan

    megan Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I’ve known for years about my blood sugars going higher due to stress, but if I ever had to prove it then now I have.
    I’m doing the 16:8 way of living at the moment and so because I don’t eat til about 3pm, I can see what effects my bloods before this time.
    Excluding basal reasons.
    Due to having been through high stress for a long time, my body kindly walks out the adrenaline and cortisol at a low level of stress now. The doorbell making me jump, a catch up on the phone with a friend. Trying to attempt paperwork. This week this has all whacked my blood sugars up, so I’m needing to do correctional boluses.

    I have been working on self improvement for years, meditation, mindfulness, Gp let me try diazepam for a very short period.
    I’m hoping to learn yoga too.

    I know I’m not the only one who experiences this, but does anyone else have a method that helps with it?
     
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  2. Fairygodmother

    Fairygodmother Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    If there’s a situational cause for stress, other than the stress of the pandemic, then taking measures to change the situation have helped me.
    Other than that, a task that requires real concentration, especially when it’s doing something creative, or an activity out in the fresh air such as a long walk or swim has helped.
    I hope your stress gradually reduces!
     
  3. megan

    megan Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for your reply. I have had trauma in my life and stress that has come from that. It has left me I guess with the hyper vigilant switch stitched on as it's been described by my M.E. specialist support carer.
    I have tried many many things to make this better
    But adrenaline can kick in when ever it feels like it with no interference from me and make my bloods go up and on goes the merry go round ... frustrating
     
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    MarkMunday Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I find regular exercise really helps, in two ways. Exercise helps deal with stress and also regulates insulin sensitivity. I make a point of getting at least 30 minutes exercise a day, and it doesn't need to be intense.
     
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  5. Fairygodmother

    Fairygodmother Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That’s horrid. Are you taking any medications for the stress? I have a friend with hyper-anxiety, it’s a recent thing, maybe pandemic-related, and her doctor wants to prescribe setraline to reduce her adrenaline.
     
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