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Weight gain, changes in menstrual cycles and libido, along with high blood pressure can all be triggered by high levels of stress hormones. If you have diabetes, they can affect you in another big way.
Stress hormones can cause excess sugar (blood glucose) to stay in the body until it is flushed out through urine. This excess sugar can damage the kidneys. Insulin or oral medications are needed to lower blood glucose levels.
Stress is an unavoidable part of life. There are lots of triggers. Work, school, issues at home, relationships, illness, money worries – the list is endless when it comes to things that can ratchet up our stress levels. Too much stress can take a serious toll on even the healthiest person. If you have diabetes, stress will make it more difficult to keep your blood sugar levels in check.
Knowing your blood sugar levels is vital to living well with diabetes. Although a finger *** can be a literal pain, it’s better to know your glucose numbers than be left in the dark.
So, how do you learn to manage and reduce the stress in your life?
Here are a few ideas:
Stress may be a part of our everyday lives, but when we learn to manage it and understand its effects, we can take better care of ourselves.
Originally published 5/13/2017; Revised 2018, 2022
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