Here is how stress can affect your blood sugar levels

If you are a diabetic there are more reasons why you should learn to manage your stress first and then your blood sugar. ‘When you are stressed, the hormones your body produces in response may cause a rise in your blood sugar level. This can make it harder to control blood sugar levels despite medications. One of the reasons for this is that stress hormones, such as cortisol, increase the amount of sugar in our blood,’ says Dr Roshini.

Insulin as a hormone fights the effects of stress hormones including adrenaline and cortisol. But diabetics either have an absolute lack of insulin (as in case of type 1 diabetes) or a relative lack of insulin (as in case of type 2 diabetes). So, they do not have that compensatory mechanism to cope with these hormones, which results in spiking blood sugar levels under stress.

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