Does stress increase blood glucose levels?

January 27, 2007 10:07pm CST
My fasting blood glucose suddenly went 315 after waiting for at least five hours at my doctor's office for my executive check-up. I was really fuming mad by the time they got my blood samples. I'm expecting a low reading since I've been without food even water for 15 hours.
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@bethmt (419)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Yes and no. According to the American Diabetes Association, mental stress such as what you were feeling in the doctor's office tends to raise blood glucose levels mostly in those with Type 2 diabetes. But stress caused by injury, illness and surgery can raise blood glucose levels in people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. But of course chronic mental stress, including anger, is never good for a person's health.
@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
10 Feb 07
Oh yes, stress can cause your glucose level to rise. I was in a car accident in 2001 and my glucose level was in the 300 range. The doctor in the ER told me to have it checked again within 72 hours because shock, stress, anger or any kind of trama will make it rise. Going without food is not a good thing either. This actually has a reverse affect on our bodies. Just because we aren't eating anything, doesn't stop our body from processing the fats already in our body into energy.(Glucose) Just to be on the safe side, always take your meds, a snack and some water with you when you have to go away from home. Even if you think you may only be away for a couple of hours. Heres to good health, Kowgirl
@horsesrule (1959)
• United States
9 Feb 07
Yes, stress raises your blood glucose. I have a lot of stress in my life and I am supposed to decrease the stress factor but unless I get rid of the three kids I don't see that happening. When the kids are totally bouncing off the walls and trying to beat each other up, my blood sugar levels are really high and so is my blood pressure. I have to leave for awhile and put in my ear plugs and lock myself in my room and hide under the blankets until I am calm and all peace is restored to my world once more. I am in counseling to help me to handle my responses to the stress in my life, also I am taking an anti-depressant. I am having a hard time getting my blood glucose levels down and under control though. It's very frustrating all around!
@toonatoons (3738)
• Philippines
28 Jan 07
yes, i believe stress is one factor that could increase your blood sugar. so be careful, keep your temper down as much as possible. take 10 deep breaths when you feel like fuming.
@lilaclady (28225)
• Australia
28 Jan 07
The last time I went to my doctors there was a couple of emergencies and I had to wait longer than usual. when my doctor checked my blood pressure it was a little high and she sais that could have been because I had to wait so long...