Stress increases glucose level

If you think blood sugar only goes up with food ... You're wrong!

The stress It can raise the blood glucose, so you have to learn to manage it to maintain both the quality of life and the control of diabetes.

There is positive stress , which is what motivates us to get up, to work or to study, but there is also the negative stress that affects our health.

This disorder can also be acute or chronic. The acute is the one that occurs at a certain time, as when we collide the car or when an earthquake occurs. And chronic stress is what affects us when we face stressful situations day after day such as problems at work, conflicts with a partner or friends, or the fact of living with diabetes.

Control your stress

The stress generates in the body an emergency response whose function is to prepare us to fight or to flee from a danger.

Precisely for this reason, when the body perceives that there is a stress situation, it increases its production of adrenaline, which is the hormone of emergencies. To face this danger, this hormone causes a cascade of reactions in the body such as:

1. The heart beats faster and increases the force with which blood circulates through the arteries to be able to bring blood and oxygen to all muscles and thus be able to fight or run from danger. This increases the blood pressure.

2. The skin becomes pale and the activity of the digestive system it stops as blood flows to the muscles.

3. The liver, which keeps a store of glucose and fats for emergencies, draws these fuels into the blood to make them available if needed, which increases the levels of glucose and fats in the blood.

What happens is that instead of fighting or running when there is a danger, we sit down and all that fuel that got to the blood is not used. For this reason, we need to vividly remember the positive and joyful images of nature or of ourselves that help us relax.

In several studies it has been proven that just by closing our eyes and imagining scenes from nature, we change brain waves and relax. Do the test!

Video Medicine: The Connection Between Cortisol (stress) and Insulin (sugar) (April 2021).