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Sat Oct 19 19:29:38 UTC 2013

How would I treat a stress-related high blood glucose level?
Asked By: sevenstead1  

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I've lost approximately 70 pounds since I was diagnosed 2.5 years ago. I now weigh 132 and am 5 feet 6 inches tall. I take 1000 mg of metformin twice a day and januvia. I'm considered a well-controlled diabetic, although sometimes I have trouble keeping my weight up now. Occasionally, 1 or 2 times a week, my sugar goes high (240-300) though for no apparent reason, and I don't know what to do for it. I believe it may be stress related. I have a very -pressure job with long hours, which in turn causes issues at home.. My doctor just tells me I need to learn to relax; and while I agree, it is much easier said than done without giving up my career and my homelife.
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2013-10-23 20:51:56.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Stress promotes the release of stress hormones that can cause blood glucose to rise. Having diabetes can be upsetting. Work-related as well as other stressors can also contribute to the rise in blood glucose.

Stress can sap your energy. You may lose desire to maintain optimal diabetes care, resulting in even higher blood glucose levels, and then even more stress. It can be a vicious cycle.

Many stressors we can do little about. During tough economic times, few people can afford to give up their job or change jobs. When your job is stressful, it can feel as if it's taking over your life. To maintain perspective:

  • Get other points of view. Talk with trusted colleagues or friends about the issues you're facing at work. They might be able to provide insights or offer suggestions for coping. Sometimes simply talking about a stressor can be a relief.
  • Take a break. Make the most of workday breaks. Personal time during a busy workday can be refreshing. Take time off when you can — whether it's a two-week vacation or an occasional long weekend.
  • Have an outlet. Set aside time for activities you enjoy — such as reading or pursuing a hobby.
  • Take care of yourself. Be vigilant about taking care of your health. Include physical activity in your daily routine, get plenty of restful sleep and continue to eat healthful diet.

    If none of these steps relieves your feelings of job stress or burnout, ask for a referral to a mental health provider. Through counseling, you can learn effective ways to handle job stress.

    Read about diabetes burnout!

    Take care.

  • Answered By: Liz Quintana
    Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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