Stress and Your Blood Sugar
Everyday stress can make your diabetes worse by triggering hormones that change blood sugar. Plus, when you’re stressed out, you’re less likely to practice good self-care.
According to Livestrong, stress causes blood glucose to rise by releasing two hormones, cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones increase your glucose in order to help reduce your stress.
Stress can make you emotional, which for many people can lead to binge eating. People usually turn to foods filled with sugar and carbohydrates for comfort, which raise your blood sugar.
To cope with stress and reduce its impact, try to:
- Breathe deeply. Practice breathing slowly and deeply at least once a day to calm yourself.
- Move more. Even simple exercises like a quick walk or dancing around the living room can make you feel better.
- Focus on the positive. Find something you enjoy that takes your mind off whatever is causing your stress.
- Practice good self-care. Eat right, exercise, and get plenty of sleep.
Outdoor play helps keep your blood sugar in check. It’s also a great way to have fun with your friends and family.
Do something you love or would like to try. Here are some ideas to get you started!
- Go fishing at a local lake.
- Try hiking in a nearby state park.
- Plant a family garden in your backyard.
- Ride your bike through your neighborhood.
- Go roller skating, walking, or running with a friend.
- Play a backyard sport like basketball or catch with your family.
Remember to check your blood sugar before starting. You might need to eat an extra snack if it’s too low.
If you’re leaving home, pack testing gear, meds, extra snacks, and water. Wear your medical ID bracelet and bring contact numbers and a copy of your emergency plan.
Diabetes shouldn’t stop you from having fun. Just plan ahead so you have what you need, and always take a break right away if you start feeling dizzy.
You can never be too prepared with your diabetes. Take time to pack a diabetes emergency kit now before an emergency strikes. Here are some important items for packing the perfect kit:
- A 3-day supply of:
- Medicines, marked with their name and correct dose
- Insulin pump
- Extra batteries
- Alcohol wipes for cleaning the injection area
- A cooler for storing insulin and meds
- Flashlight, in case you lose power
- Medical ID bracelet to help first responders quickly know your needs. Your tag should have:
- Your name
- Diabetes, insulin pump, or insulin dependent
- Known allergies
- Emergency contact numbers
- A list of your meds and doses
- A blood sugar log to help you keep track of your numbers in an emergency
- Drinks and snacks like water, juice, fruit cups, and hard candies
- Your doctor’s name and contact information
- Emergency contact information with cell and work phone numbers, emails, and home addresses
Be sure to update your kit with new meds and supplies as things change. Also, mark on your calendar when your supplies and meds will expire.
There is no better time than now!