Stress and test results

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   Posted 8/4/2007 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Can stress/anxiety cause a transient elevation in glucose levels in a non-diabetic. I had a fasting test done that put me in the pre-diabetes range. The doctor sent me back in a few weeks for another test because he suspected that I was normal and it was extreme stress/anxiety causing the rise in glucose. He said I was in constant fight or flight mode and the body naturally stores glucose when we're in that state.

When I went back for the second test I did the fasting as well as the Glucose tolerance test. Both tests came back in the normal range. The fasting was high normal though. Can this happen to someone who isn't diabetic or prone to get diabetes. I have to go back and get another test soon and I'll know for sure, but I'd like some reassurance and knowledge from here. Thanks so much.
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   Posted 8/6/2007 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I did a quick search of the net and found evidential support both for and against hyperglycemia in times of stress. From what I can deduce it appears that your individual personality has the greatest influence on the way the stress in your life affects your blood sugar. Individuals with a kind of 'roll with the punches' attitude do not experience the same high numbers during stress as people who are more 'uptight'. This is not something you can change on your own overnight. You can do relaxation and breathing techniques to lessen the 'fight or flight' response, or you can try medication such as SSRI antidepressants to accomplish this but, there is no guarantee that you will benefit with lowered blood glucose.

Positive attitude and lessening your fear of developing diabetes might be a good alternative. If you are prediabetic then basically you will learn to use less refined carbohydrates in your diet (things made with flour) and instead use fruits, vegetables and monounsaturated oils for food energy. If you have digestive issues then an appointment with a trained dietitian or nutritionist would be in order to find a balanced meal plan that gives you what you need without messing with your 'innerds'. Either way, no matter what the outcome, if you need help with diabetic issues we will be here to help all we can and guide you on your path. For myself, diabetes has become one more discipline that I follow in my life, kind of like staying between the lines on the highway or using the 'enter' door at the store. Life becomes much simpler when I follow the plan and stay on track.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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