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Thu Nov 13 09:33:01 EST 2008

The physiology of stress (ie fight-flight adrenal/liver responses) some claim makes their BG plummet?! Need expert opinion. Cannot be... can it?

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Last time I checked adrenaline, epinepherine, cortisol, etc., added to the liver's "emergency dose" of extra glucose only caused the sugars to go one direction, up! The drop off might seem/feel like hypo (once the adrenaline etc. wears off) but not cause a sugar free-fall bgml 30, 40, etc. that many claim occurs! What am I missing???
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Expert Answers (1)
2008-11-13 22:26:48.0

Dear diabetic 1966 I think your understanding is the correct one. That is what I was taught, as well.
Answered By: Janice Fisher
Accreditations: RD, LD, PHD, CDE, BC-ADM
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2008-11-18 12:59:41.0

The bodies natural response to danger is to dump sugar immediately into the blood stream and shoot adrenaline. It may be your last chance to fight so your body risks it all and gives you everything it has to prepare for battle. This response can and does include mild stress and excitement in general. I have seen my sugar jump from 120 to 525 in a matter of minutes because of a stressful event that occured to me.
Answered By: auto1357248447176

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2008-11-17 12:43:41.0

First understand that the liver can only do one thing at a time. It either handles alcohol in the blood stream, or it handles food etc. It stores bile with sugar so that if the body does not get enough glucose in the blood stream, it kicks in and dumps sugar. Not gracefully, but slowly and relentlessly over a long period of time. Like clockwork for years, if my BG level drops and I have a bad insulin reaction, an hour later I have to run to the bathroom NOW. My blood sugar also continues to rise for days. This is called the Sumagee effect. (spelling?) The liver dumps all its contents into your body to save you. For diabetics its a real problem. If you don't understand this basic infromation about the liver, it can make managing things hard. Stress does raise and or lower BS. It is a proven fact, I proved it many times. One day while at work I had just checked my BS and it was 121, the phone rang and a very disturbed customer rattled my self worth a bit and I became very stressed. I got very upset and 15 minutes later my BS level was 555! I felt ill. It isn't the stress that gets you, it's your reaction to what you feel. Your heart beats hard and you think you are having a reaction, or is my sugar too high? These types of things can be a challenge. Here are some tips. Try not to worry, if you feel strange check your BS. It will make you less stressed. Be honest with yourself and others. Stress bothers ME. In ways I can't explain. It also can be caused by BS being out of whack. Tell your loved ones, if you react with a temper, or are unrestful. Check your BS. Nine times out of ten it will be too high. That stress is on your body and it affects your way of thinking. It is easy to understand how depression can set in. I find that taking an anti depressant takes off the edge and keeps you focused on what's important. I'm not saying you need them, but sometime when we have this kind of illness, we must use what we can to stay happy and alive.
Answered By: auto1357248447176

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