When you're stressed, your blood sugar levels rise. Stress hormones like epinephrine and cortisol kick in since one of their major functions is to raise blood sugar to help boost energy when it's needed most. Think of the fight-or-flight response. You can't fight danger when your blood sugar is low, so it rises to help meet the challenge. Both physical and emotional stress can prompt an increase in these hormones, resulting in an increase in blood sugars.
People who aren't diabetic have compensatory mechanisms to keep blood sugar from swinging out of control. But in people with diabetes, those mechanisms are either lacking or blunted, so they can't keep a lid on blood sugar.
So the question becomes, are you diabetic? I couldn't tell you, and your doctor seems to be wrestling with this very question. Does stress have the ability to raise your blood glucose levels? Most definately, although in a healthy non diabetic the "white coat" phenomenon could raise your blood pressure, but probably not your BS reading. HOWEVER, repeatability is the most important thing to any diagnosis, and this is what you have done in giving the doctor a "series" of readings to work with. Let us know how you make out with your next test. My guess is you're probably normal, but Im going to let the specialists tell you for sure.
Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 2/28/2006 8:58:13 AM (GMT-7)
Hi, I'm a new member. I knew I had diabetes for awhile (had been gestational twice) but finally went to the doctor........had a sugar of 341..........After two weeks on ActoPlus Met and following the diet recommended to me by my physician and diabetes educator (get the book: the GI (Glycemic Index) Diet, by Rick Gallop), I lost 7 pounds in the first two weeks and have a fasting sugar of 109..........I feel so much better and I am happy that I am being proactive. I would urge all people not to rely solely on non-traditional medicine with diabetes. Home remedies or 'natural' remedies are fine as a supplement to whatever your physician prescribes if he/she will approve them, but this disease is nothing to fool around with. You could have a heart attack or stroke, or end up having your eyesight gone or your limbs amputated while you are waiting for a 'natural' cure to bring your blood sugar down to an acceptable level. Get treatment now by a doctor who REALLY understands diabetes, usually an internist who specializes in this disease, and do what you are told.
Babsie, if you have not heard of the Glycemic Index Diet (really not a diet, it is a lifestyle change), do yourself a favor and read the book! You can still eat like a human being and lose weight. The trick is understanding which foods have a high glycemic index and avoiding those foods........did you know that all foods release glucose into the body at different rates? It was a revelation to me! Very empowering!
The other book that was recommended to me by my doctor and diabetes educator is a little pocket book by Alan Borushek called The Calorie King Calorie, Fat and Carbohydrate Counter. It is a hefty little pocket book with the fat, carb and calorie counts of just about every food, even brand names. In the back there is a section that tells the same information on meals eaten in over 200 restaurants. I have a copy for home and one in the car. You can always find something to eat, and know what you are eating, and feel good about it at the same time.
I'm excited about my start on this new plan, seeing diabetes as an opportunity to do better for myself and keep me around awhile, since I have children. I wish everyone else good health and a positive attitude.
Good morning everyone. I am posting on this thread because the previous information about me is here. I had an appointment yesterday to find out the results of my A1C lab. My result was 5.5 and my doctor was very pleased with that. He also said he was proud of me for plugging away at the diet and exercise. (My doctor is also a personal friend.)
I have been monitoring my blood sugar these past three weeks (2x/week) before and after meals and before bedtime. He seemed to feel that all of my numbers were doing pretty well but would like for me to get my fasting numbers down to 100. They have ranged from 93 to 107 during those three weeks. I also lost 4 pounds!
I think I had been denying that I was diabetic. There, I said it! Now I am ready to learn more about taking better care of myself (eating healthier meals was a big start). I bought The ADA Complete Guide to Diabetes, Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy, The Glycemic Index Diet and The Calorie King Fat and Carbohydrate Counter. There is also aprogram at our local hospital which I plan to attend. I have to admit that so far, this has not been so bad. I ride the exercise bike for 30 minutes a day and have changed the way I eat. Lots of veggies and salads. I miss french fries!
Just wanted to give an update. Thanks everyone!