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Stress

Stress causes your blood sugar to rise and it lowers the insulin in your body.

If you feel stressed, talk to your healthcare provider about what can help.

Stress is your body's response to change. Any part of your life can cause stress. Stress can be the result of good or bad things. 

Because your body reacts to stress, how you deal with stress is an important part of managing your diabetes.

Try to notice when you are feeling stressed. Stress causes your blood sugar to rise and it lowers the insulin in your body. High blood sugar levels without enough insulin can damage your body. 

If you notice when you are feeling stress, you can start to track what is causing stress. Knowing the cause of stress can help you get control of it. A "stressor" is something that causes stress. There are many different types of stressors. 

Some stressors include changes in:

  • health
  • relationships
  • work
  • family
  • friendships
  • lifestyle
  • finances

Change itself can be a stressor. Stress that lasts for weeks or months without a break is called chronic stress. Chronic stress leads to fast heart rate, high blood pressure and more plaque collection in your arteries. 

If you feel stressed, talk to your healthcare provider about what can help.

Visit the Feel Well section to learn more about managing stress ยป

Last Reviewed: 10/22/2016